Hemisphere:  Northern  ·  Constellation: Canes Venatici (CVn)  ·  Contains:  IC 4277  ·  IC 4278  ·  M 51  ·  NGC 5194  ·  NGC 5195  ·  Whirlpool Galaxy
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The Whirlpool Galaxy, 



    
        

            Gabe Shaughnessy
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The Whirlpool Galaxy

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The Whirlpool Galaxy, 



    
        

            Gabe Shaughnessy
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The Whirlpool Galaxy

Imaging Telescopes Or Lenses
Teleskop Service ONTC 10" f4 Newton
Imaging Cameras
QSI 690 WSG-8
Mounts
Astro-Physics AP1100GTO
Filters
Astrodon Luminance E-Series Gen 2 · Astrodon LRGB CCD Imaging Filters (E-Series), Gen2
Accessories
Pegasus Astro Ultimate Powerbox v2 · Televue Paracorr Type-2
Software
Astro-Physics APCC Pro · PixInsight · Voyager · PHD2
Guiding Telescopes Or Lenses
Teleskop Service ONTC 10" f4 Newton
Guiding Cameras
Starlight Xpress Ultrastar

Acquisition details

Dates:
April 30, 2020
Frames:
Integration:
5h 15'
Avg. Moon age:
7.03 days
Avg. Moon phase:
46.24%

RA center: 13h29m53s.540

DEC center: +47°1139.24

Pixel scale: 0.658 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: -0.190 degrees

Field radius: 0.382 degrees

More info:Open 

Resolution: 3265x2622

Data source: Backyard

Description

The Whirlpool Galaxy is a spiral galaxy in the constellation Canes Venatici and lies some 23 million light years away. It's an interacting galaxy pair and was the first to be identified as a spiral galaxy. This interaction has set up waves of star formation through the compression of interstellar hydrogen gas and dust. These dust lanes are prominent features of the Whirlpool. The Whirlpool has been host to several supernovae, the most recent of which was SN2011dh.

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