The Whirlpool Galaxy M51, in Infra Red
This image by NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope show a face-on view of the spiral galaxy M51, dubbed the Whirlpool Galaxy.
The image highlights the attributes of a typical spiral galaxy, including graceful, curving arms, pink star-forming regions, and strands of star clusters. Most of the starlight has been removed, revealing the Whirlpool’s skeletal dust structure, as seen in near-infrared light. This new image is the sharpest view of the dense dust in M51. The narrow lanes of dust revealed by Hubble reflect the galaxy’s moniker, the Whirlpool Galaxy, as if they were swirling toward the galaxy’s core.
Image credit NASA / Hubble