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Whirlpool Galaxy M51
Image was produced by the Hubble Heritage Team (NASA/STScI/AURA) using data collected by Principal Astronomer
N. Scoville (Caltech) and collaborators.
M51 is approximately 31 million light years away and over 65,000 light years in diameter.
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