Whirlpool Galaxy | Jared Willson

Photographer
Jared Willson
Email
willsonjared@yahoo.com
Location of photo
San Juan Bautista, CA
Date/Time of photo
June 8, 2008
Equipment
Vixen VC200L @ f/9, SBIG STL-11000M, Astro-Physics Mach1
Description
The Whirlpool Galaxy is the prototypical face-on, grand design spiral galaxy. Originally, it was not known whether the companion galaxy seen on the left of this image was truly interacting with M51, or whether it might have been located in the background or foreground. The spiral structure of many galaxies was first observed in this object.
Website
http://www.pbase.com/jwillson/image/98339059