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News Release 412 of 951

April 25, 2005 12:01 AM (EDT)

News Release Number: STScI-2005-12

Hubble Celebrates 15th Anniversary with Spectacular New Images

Technical facts about this news release:

About the Object
Object Name: Whirlpool Galaxy, M51, NGC 5194/5
Object Description: Face-on Spiral Galaxy with Companion
Position (J2000): R.A. 13h 29m 52.37s
Dec. +47° 11' 40.8"
Constellation: Canes Venatici
Distance: About 31 million light-years (9.6 Megaparsecs)
Dimensions: This image is 9.6 arcminutes (87,000 light-years or 27,000 parsecs) wide.
About the Data
Note: High level science products (combined and mosaiced fits files for each filter) are available at: http://archive.stsci.edu/prepds/m51/
Data Description: The Hubble image was created from HST data from proposal 10452: S. Beckwith (STScI), R. Kennicutt Jr. (University of Arizona), and H. Bond, C. Christian, L. Frattare, F. Hamilton, Z. Levay, M. Mutchler, K. Noll, and T. Royle (The Hubble Heritage Team, STScI).
Instrument: ACS/WFC
Exposure Date(s): January 18-22, 2005
Exposure Time: 9.0 hours
Filters: F435W (B), F555W (V), F658N (Halpha + [N II]), F814W (I)
About the Image
Image Credit: NASA, ESA, S. Beckwith, and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)
Release Date: April 25, 2005
Orientation: Out of This Whirl: the Whirlpool Galaxy (M51) and Companion Galaxy

About the Object
Object Name: Eagle Nebula, M16, NGC 6611, IC 4703
Object Description: Gaseous Nebula in Open Cluster
Position (J2000): R.A. 18h 18m 51.06s
Dec. -13 49' 51.11"
Constellation: Serpens
Distance: About 6,500 light-years (2,000 parsecs)
Dimensions: This image is 3.2 arcminutes (6 light-years or 1.9 parsecs) wide.
About the Data
Data Description: The Hubble image was created from HST data from proposal 10393: K. Noll, H. Bond, C. Christian, L. Frattare, F. Hamilton, Z. Levay, M. Mutchler, and T. Royle (The Hubble Heritage Team, STScI).
Instrument: ACS/WFC
Exposure Date(s): November 4 - 7, 2004
Exposure Time: 3.4 hours
Filters: F435W (B), F555W (V), F502N ([O III]), F658N (Halpha + [N II]), F814W (I)
About the Image
Image Credit: NASA, ESA, and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)
Release Date: April 25, 2005
Orientation: The Eagle Has Risen: Stellar Spire in the Eagle Nebula