|Distance from Earth||：||2100 x 104 Light years|
|Detail||：||These galaxies are in the process of colliding with each other, a process which will take a few billion years. The beginning stages of this collision are that the galaxies will gravitationally distort each other, giving the spiral arms a stretched look.
Constellations : Canes Venatici
Images from Science Instruments
M 51 :Whirlpool Galaxy (Spiral Galaxy)
June 22, 2003
Last updated: February 25, 2021