The Pinwheel Galaxy (Galaxy)

Image of Pinwheel Galaxy
R/B-band color composite image from the Second Digitized Sky Survey (DSS2), measuring 23 arcminutes across.
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From Cambridge , Pinwheel Galaxy will become visible around 21:22 (EDT), 56° above your north-western horizon, as dusk fades to darkness. It will then sink towards the horizon, becoming tricky to observe after 01:42 when it dips 21° above your north-western horizon.

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Name Pinwheel Galaxy
Object Type Galaxy
Other Names
M 101[1]
NGC 5457[2]
Constellation:Ursa Major
Magnitude:7.86 (V) [2]
8.46 (B) [2]
6.52 (J) [2]
5.81 (H) [2]
5.51 (K) [2]
B-V Color (mag):0.60
Hubble type:SABc
Right ascension:14h03m [2]
Declination:+54°20' [2]
Distance:7.4 Mpc
24.0 Mlyr [1]
Derived Quantities
Absolute mag (V):-21.47
Visibility from Cambridge

All times shown in Cambridge local time.

23 Apr 2022  –  M101 is well placed
23 Apr 2023  –  M101 is well placed
22 Apr 2024  –  M101 is well placed
22 Apr 2025  –  M101 is well placed
23 Apr 2026  –  M101 is well placed
23 Apr 2027  –  M101 is well placed
22 Apr 2028  –  M101 is well placed
22 Apr 2029  –  M101 is well placed






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