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Image: Out of This Whirl: The Whirlpool Galaxy (M51) and Companion Galaxy

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Out of This Whirl: The Whirlpool Galaxy (M51) and Companion Galaxy
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Description: The large Whirlpool Galaxy (left) is known for its sharply defined spiral arms. Their prominence could be the result of the Whirlpool's gravitational tug-of-war with its smaller companion galaxy (right).
Resolution: 7680x1600
Copyright: NASA, ESA, S. Beckwith (STScI), and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)
Date added: 1 October 2012
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