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The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has never ceased to amaze its fans with photos of distant galaxies and black holes. The last to join the list is an image of the Whirlpool Galaxy, published by the space agency. Also known as the M51 Galaxy, an image of a stunning celestial body was taken by NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope.
The picture shows a swirling mass of red, yellow, pink and blue, ending with what looks like a grand spiral staircase. The red color in the image represents hydrogen in the areas of star formation as well as infrared light. The yellow color comes from the old stars, and the blue color indicates the hot young stars. On May 23, NASA released a photo. Check it out:
Round and round we go…
Let yourself be whisked away by the Whirlpool Galaxy’s curving arms, pink star-forming regions, and brilliant blue strands of star clusters. Explore #GalaxiesGalore with @NASAHubble on @Tumblr: https://t.co/F2kzCVAYBt pic.twitter.com/zVUKShxrEB
— NASA (@NASA) May 22, 2022
“We go in a circle… Let you be thrown away by the curved arms of the Whirlwind Galaxy, the pink areas of star formation and the shiny blue threads of star clusters,” was the caption to the image. Several users were delighted with the photo. Many called it beautiful, while others said they could take their eyes off the picture.
The galaxy is located in the constellation Canes Venatici, at a distance of about 31 million light years. The spiral arms in the photo are a hallmark of “spiral galaxies of great design,” such as the M51. These sleeves, which actually consist of long bands of stars and gas impregnated with dust, are star-forming factories. They create clusters of new stars by compressing hydrogen, according to American Space Agency.
The Whirlpool Galaxy can be easily spotted with a small telescope in May. According to NASA, the arms of the galaxy are particularly noticeable as a result of a close collision with the galaxy NGC 5195. NGC 5195 is a small yellowish galaxy located at the outermost end of one of the arms of M51. It has been gliding past the Vir Galaxy for hundreds of millions of years.
This is not the only image shared by NASA that has gone viral recently. The US space agency recently shared a photo Lagoon Nebulapleases space lovers.
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