The Whirlpool Galaxy (M51)

Image of the Whirlpool Galaxy
R/B-band color composite image from the Second Digitized Sky Survey (DSS2), measuring 11 arcminutes across.
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From Ashburn , the Whirlpool Galaxy is visible in the morning sky, becoming accessible around 23:18, when it reaches an altitude of 21° above your north-eastern horizon. It will then reach its highest point in the sky at 05:56, 81° above your northern horizon. It will be lost to dawn twilight around 06:17, 80° above your north-western horizon.

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Name The Whirlpool Galaxy (M51)
Object type Galaxy
Other names
The Whirlpool Galaxy
Lord Rosse's Nebula
The Question Mark
M51[1]
Arp 85[2]
Position
Constellation:Canes Venatici
Magnitude:8.40 (V) [2]
9.00 (B) [1]
Right ascension:13h29m [1]
Declination:+47°11' [1]
Distance:11.3 Mpc
37.0 Mlyr [1]
Derived quantities
Absolute mag (V):-21.87
Visibility from Ashburn

All times shown in Ashburn local time.

Events
14 Apr 2022  –  M51 is well placed
14 Apr 2023  –  M51 is well placed
14 Apr 2024  –  M51 is well placed
14 Apr 2025  –  M51 is well placed
14 Apr 2026  –  M51 is well placed
14 Apr 2027  –  M51 is well placed
14 Apr 2028  –  M51 is well placed
14 Apr 2029  –  M51 is well placed

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39.04°N
77.49°W
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