Closeup of the Whirlpool Galaxy, Messier 51

Closeup of the Whirlpool Galaxy, Messier 51

Taken in visible light with Hubble’s Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS), this image shows a magnified view of the magnificent spiral galaxy Messier 51 (M51), dubbed the Whirlpool Galaxy. It highlights the attributes of a typical spiral galaxy, including graceful, curving arms, pink star-forming regions, and brilliant blue strands of star clusters

M51, also known as NGC 5194, is engaged in a close encounter with a nearby galaxy, NGC 5195, outside the field of view of this image. The companion’s gravitational pull triggers star formation in the main galaxy, as seen in the numerous, luminous clusters of young and energetic stars. The bright clusters are highlighted in red by their associated emission from glowing hydrogen gas.

Along the spiral arms, dust "spurs" are seen branching out almost perpendicular to the main spiral arms. The large number and regularity of these features are not fully understood, suggesting that previous computer models of "two-arm" spiral galaxies are incomplete.

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

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Telescope on the grass Under the Stars Astronomy

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Astronomy (from Greek: αστρονομία) is a natural science that studies celestial objects and phenomena. It applies mathematics, physics, and chemistry, in an effort to explain the origin of those objects and phenomena and their evolution. Objects of interest include planets, moons, stars, galaxies, and comets; while the phenomena include supernova explosions, gamma ray bursts, and cosmic microwave background radiation. More generally, all astronomical phenomena that originate outside Earth’s atmosphere are within the purview of astronomy. A related but distinct subject, physical cosmology, is concerned with the study of the Universe as a whole.
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During the 20th century, the field of professional astronomy split into observational and theoretical branches. Observational astronomy is focused on acquiring data from observations of astronomical objects, which is then analyzed using basic principles of physics. Theoretical astronomy is oriented toward the development of computer or analytical models to describe astronomical objects and phenomena. The two fields complement each other, with theoretical astronomy seeking to explain the observational results and observations being used to confirm theoretical results.
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Blue space nebula

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