The Whirlpool Galaxy (M51) and Companion Galaxy

The Whirlpool Galaxy (M51) and Companion Galaxy

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News release ID: STScI-2005-12
Release Date: Apr 25, 2005
Image Use: Copyright
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The large Whirlpool Galaxy (left) is known for its sharply defined spiral arms. Their prominence could be the result of the Whirlpool's gravitational tug-of-war with its smaller companion galaxy (right).

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Tags
Astronomical, Galaxies, Hubble Heritage, Hubble Telescope, Interacting Galaxies, Spiral Galaxies

Credits

NASA, ESA, S. Beckwith (STScI), and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)