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 San Diego , the Whirlpool Galaxy will become visible around 19:39 (PDT), 26° above your north-western horizon, as dusk fades to darkness. It will then sink towards the horizon, setting at 23:01.

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Name The Whirlpool Galaxy (M51)
Object type Galaxy
Other names
The Whirlpool Galaxy
Lord Rosse's Nebula
The Question Mark
Arp 85[2]
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 San Diego

All times shown in San Diego local time.

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
14 Apr 2030  –  M51 is well placed



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