Location Notes:
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The Whirlpool Galaxy

Artwork
Identifier:
2005.177.1
Related artists
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NASA, ESA, S. Beckwith, The Hubble Heritage Team
Credit:
GVSU Collection
Medium:
LightJet Print on Photographic Paper
Date:
2005
Dimensions:
Artworks - Height: 48 in Width: 72 in
Description:
Spiraling galaxy, mostly blue with red center and clouds of space dust.
Historical Context:
This is a reproduction of the sharpest-ever image, taken in January 2005 by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope. It illustrates a spiral galaxy's design, from its curving spiral arms, full of young stars, to its yellowish central core, full of older stars. The galaxy is nicknamed the Whirlpool because of its swirling structure. New stars are formed inside its two curving arms. Hydrogen gas is compressed and clusters of new stars are formed. The Whirlpool is a relatively nearby galaxy at about 31 million light-years away from the constellation Canes Venatici.