The Whirlpool Galaxy (Galaxy)

Image of Whirlpool Galaxy
R/B-band color composite image from the Second Digitized Sky Survey (DSS2), measuring 13 arcminutes across.
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From Fairfield , Whirlpool Galaxy is visible in the dawn sky, rising at 01:00 (EDT) and reaching an altitude of 31° above the north-eastern horizon before fading from view as dawn breaks around 06:13.

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Name Whirlpool Galaxy
Object Type Galaxy
Other Names
Lord Rosse's Nebula
Question Mark
Rosse's Galaxy
M 51[1]
NGC 5194[2]
Constellation:Canes Venatici
Magnitude:8.36 (V) [2]
9.26 (B) [2]
6.40 (J) [2]
5.65 (H) [2]
5.50 (K) [2]
B-V Color (mag):0.90
Hubble type:SABb
Right ascension:13h29m [2]
Declination:+47°11' [2]
Distance:11.3 Mpc
37.0 Mlyr [1]
Derived Quantities
Absolute mag (V):-21.91
Visibility from Fairfield

All times shown in Fairfield local time.

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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