You are using an older browser version. Please use a supported version for the best MSN experience.

Hypnotic! Hubble captures massive star cluster in spiral Whirlpool Galaxy

India Today logo India Today 25-05-2022 India Today Web Desk

The Hubble telescope, which has shown the deep stretches of the universe, has once again captured a stunning phenomenon in deep space. The flying observatory captured a hypnotic object known as galaxy M51 or the Whirlpool Galaxy.

The stunning galaxy was captured by Hubble's Advanced Camera for Surveys, showing the beautifully curving arms, pink star-forming regions, and brilliant blue strands of star clusters.

M51 appears to be the beautiful arms of a magnificent spiral galaxy with a huge spiral staircase stretching through space, but these arms are actually long lanes of stars and gas studded with dust. These arms are essential in M51 because they are star-formation factories, compressing hydrogen gas and forming new star clusters.

© Provided by India Today
M51's Hubble image reveals red infrared light and hydrogen within massive star-forming regions. (Photo: Nasa)

According to some astronomers, a close encounter with NGC 5195, the small, yellowish galaxy at the outermost point of one of the arms, makes Whirlpool's arms particularly visible, and the tidal forces from this galaxy appear to be tugging on the arm, causing new star formation. NGC 5195 is clearly visible passing behind M51 in several Hubble images. It has been floating behind the whirlpool for hundreds of millions of years.

M51's Hubble image reveals red infrared light and hydrogen within massive star-forming regions, with blue stars that are hot and young, and yellow stars that are older.

Messier 51 or the M51 galaxy was discovered by Charles Messier in 1773 and is located 31 million light-years away in the constellation Canes Venatici in 1773 with a magnitude of 8.4 can be easily seen with a small telescope in May.

The Whirlpool galaxy's simply magnificent face-on image and proximity to Earth give stargazers an opportunity to examine the structure and star-forming processes of a classic spiral galaxy.

Watch Live TV in English

Watch Live TV in Hindi

More from India Today

image beaconimage beaconimage beacon