The Whirlpool galaxy, M51

The Whirlpool galaxy, M51

by Jack Newton

A medium-sized telescope will show a viewer the spiral arms and central region of the Whirlpool galaxy, as well as the companion galaxy, but not the colors revealed by time-exposure photos. This photo, part of a time-lapse sequence that appears in the film, was made using short exposure times to replicate the view one sees through a small to medium-sized telescope.