NASA Releases Stunning Photo Of Whirlpool Galaxy

11:11 AM, Feb 26, 2013   |    comments
credit: NASA/Hubble
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(WUSA9) -- Tuesday morning, NASA tweeted a photo of The Whirlpool Galaxy.

NASA wrote about the spiral galaxy:  

"At only 30 million light years distant and fully 60,000 light years across, M51, also known as NGC 5194, is one of the brightest and most picturesque galaxies on the sky. This image is a digital combination of a ground-based image from the 0.9-meter telescope at Kitt Peak National Observatory and a space-based image from the Hubble Space Telescope highlighting sharp features normally too red to be seen."

Check out the photo above.