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Spiral galaxy M51

Spiral galaxy M51 or Whirlpool galaxy is in the constellation Canes Venatici (CVn).

M51

Equatorial coordinates (epoch J2000):
Ra 13h 29.9m, Dec +47° 12'

Visual magnitude: 8,4m
Distance to the galaxy M51 to the Sun is 26,8*106 light years
Angular size: 15'×7'
Class: Sc
External dimensions the galaxy M51 are about 87000 light years.

Discoverer: Charles Messier, 13.10.1773 year.

The designation M51 in other catalogs: NGC 5194,NGC 5195

Optimum magnification for a telescope with observations of M51, depending on the aperture of the telescope (D), is about D/6-D/2. Higher magnifications of course add details, but lead to a strong drop in the brightness of the image, making it difficult to observe.
The best month for observing M51 is May.
For observers in the northern latitudes: the night sky in May is no longer very dark, so try also to observe M51 in April.
Of course, in April the object is at midnight not at its highest point, which provides the least exposure and atmospheric distortion. But, the darkness of the April sky greatly increases the contrast. The farther south the location of your observation is located, the darker the summer sky will be.



Nikolay Kurdyapin, astro-map.com  
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