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  • Pinwheel Galaxy at ESA/Hubble


  • Description: the galaxy Messier 101 (M101, also known as NGC 5457 and also nicknamed the Pinwheel Galaxy) lies in the northern circumpolar constellation, Ursa Major (The Great Bear), at a distance of 25 million light-years from Earth.

This is one of the largest and most detailed photo of a spiral galaxy that has been released from Hubble. The galaxy's portrait is actually composed of 51 individual Hubble exposures, in addition to elements from images from ground-based photos. A high-res version with 15852 x 12392 pixels in jpg and tiff format is also available, see below for url

  • Source: made by NASA, taken from
  • Author:
    • Credit for Hubble Image: NASA and ESA
    • Acknowledgment: K.D. Kuntz (GSFC), F. Bresolin (University of Hawaii), J. Trauger (JPL), J. Mould (NOAO), and Y.-H. Chu (University of Illinois, Urbana)
    • Credit for CFHT Image: Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope/ J.-C. Cuillandre/Coelum
    • Credit for NOAO Image: G. Jacoby, B. Bohannan, M. Hanna/ NOAO/AURA/NSF
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Public domain This file is in the public domain because it was created by NASA and the European Space Agency. Hubble material is copyright-free and may be freely used as in the public domain without fee, on the condition that NASA and ESA is credited as the source of the material. The material was created for NASA by STScI under Contract NAS5-26555 and for ESA by the Hubble European Space Agency Information Centre. or .

The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed):
  • Spiral galaxy
  • Pinwheel Galaxy
  • Astrophysics Data System
  • List of Messier objects
  • Messier 102
  • M101 Group
  • User:SeanMack/sandbox/Good2
  • Wikipedia:Featured picture candidates/October-2006
  • Wikipedia:Featured picture candidates/Pinwheel Galaxy
  • List of spiral galaxies


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