Messier 51 is a rather pretty spiral galaxy, sometimes known as the Whirlpool Galaxy. Unfortunately, as a spiral galaxy is basically a big swirly thing, there are a few others which people mis-identify as “whirlpool galaxy” too. The real whirlpool galaxy is easily remembered by the companion galaxy, NGC 5195, with which it’s interracting. Together, the two always remind me of Scylla and Charybdis from greek mythology…

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Molecular astrophysicist, usually found writing frenziedly, staring at the sky, or drinking mojitos.
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1 Response to Whirlpools

  1. I got what you mean , thanks for putting up.Woh I am happy to find this website through google. “I would rather be a coward than brave because people hurt you when you are brave.” by E. M. Forster.

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