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News Release 400 of 939

April 25, 2005 12:01 AM (EDT)

News Release Number: STScI-2005-12

Hubble Celebrates 15th Anniversary with Spectacular New Images

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Image: Whirlpool Galaxy's (M51) Companion Nucleus and Dust Lanes

Whirlpool Galaxy's (M51) Companion Nucleus and Dust Lanes

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A small detail of the Whirlpool Galaxy (M51) showing the central region of the companion galaxy (NGC 5195). Fine structures of dark dust clouds are seen silhouetted against the smaller galaxy's starlight.

Object Names: Whirlpool Galaxy, M51, NGC 5194/5

Image Type: Astronomical

Credit: NASA, ESA, S. Beckwith (STScI), and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)

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