The Whirlpool Galaxy also known as Messier 51A or M51A or NGC 5194 is located in the Canes Venatici Constellation also called The Hunting Dogs Constellation. The Whirlpool Galaxy is 23 Million Light Years from Earth and has a diameter of 76 Thousand Lightyears. The Whirlpool Galaxy can be easily seen by Rookie Astronomers. The Whirlpool Galaxy, NGC 5194 has a companion Galaxy that also can be seen easily named NGC 5195.
Profile of The Whirlpool Galaxy
The Whirlpool Galaxy is a Spiral Galaxy discovered in 1773 by Charles Messier, a French Astronomer whose name is used to title many known galaxies in The Universe including The Whirlpool Galaxy itself i.e. Messier 51A. M51A is 76% the size of our own Galaxy, The Milky Way Galaxy. THe Whirlpool Galaxy is thought to have a mass of 160 Billion Solar Masses ( M ☉). The Whirlpool Galaxy is believed to have 100 Billion Stars. The reason behind the whirlpool shape of Messier 51A is believed to be caused by its companion galaxy NGC 5195. Today The Whirlpool Galaxy is thought to be going through an era of accelerated star growth.
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