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Spiral Galaxy in Canes Venatici
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A loose spiral galaxy in the constellation of Canes Venatici, about thirteen million light
years from our own Milky Way Galaxy. Because the Whirlpool is aligned so that we see it 'face on', its spiral structure is very well defined. It is
associated with a smaller attendant galaxy, NGC 5195.
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The Whirlpool Galaxy belongs to a drift of galaxies scattered across the constellations Ursa Major and Canes Venatici. It is far too faint to see with the naked eye, but not hard to find in the sky with a telescope - it lies a little to the south and west of Alkaid, the tail-star of Ursa Major.
The Whirlpool Galaxy is not far from the Northern Galactic Pole in the sky, meaning that it is far 'above' the plane of our own Galaxy. The Whirlpool itself is much too far away to show on this diagram.
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