The Whirlpool Galaxy (M51)

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Christopher K.
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The Whirlpool Galaxy (M51)

Post by Christopher K. » February 9th, 2016, 4:37 pm

This double object has separate New General Catalog designations for each component--NGC 5194 for the main spiral galaxy and NGC 5195 for its apparently-attached companion.

More information:
Year-Round Messier Marathon Field Guide by Harvard Pennington, pp. 114-115.
http://www.daviddarling.info/encycloped ... alaxy.html

Christopher K.
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Re: The Whirlpool Galaxy (M51)

Post by Christopher K. » June 11th, 2019, 4:53 pm

X-ray data from the NuSTAR mission seem to show a very dense neutron star (only nineteen kilometers across) emit high-energy x-rays. There are also other "green spots" in and very near M51--probably neutron stars as well.

More information:
June 2019 Astronomy, p. 9

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