M101 Composite Image: Chandra Data (Blue Component)
M101, NGC 4547, The Pinwheel Galaxy
21.8 million light-years (6.7 megaparsecs)
This image is 18 arcminutes (114,000 light-years or 35,000 parsecs) wide.
The science team was led by K. Kuntz (Johns Hopkins University).
0.45 - 1.00 keV and 1.00 - 2.00 keV
NASA, CXC, and K. Kuntz (JHU)
Blue: 0.45 - 1.00 keV and 1.00 - 2.00 keV
The blue color shows Chandra's view in X-ray light. Sources of X-rays include million-degree gas, exploded stars, and material colliding around black holes.