Fletcher Photos - M51 The Whirlpool Galaxy
"M51 - The Whirlpool Galaxy"

Tri-color on Technical Pan film - 16" f/4.5 Newtonian telescope

photo by Bill and Sally Fletcher

- Galaxies are like "islands in space" made up of stars and nebulae. They are so far away from us that we only see the collective, cloud-like glow of their billions of suns.

M51 is a spiral galaxy that is seen nearly "face on". This photo reveals its massive arms of billions of stars and many huge regions of pink nebulae. The dark knots and divisions in the light are areas of dust and non-luminous gas.

No two galaxies are alike, yet there are billions of galaxies in the Universe -

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