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What HST saw in 2005
HST image of the Whirlpool Galaxy and companion.

NASA, ESA, S. Beckwith (STScI), and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)

The Whirlpool Galaxy, as seen by the Hubble Space Telescope. This image of the Whirlpool shows the bright star clusters that trace the spiral pattern of the galaxy.

More information can be found in the Telescopes From the Ground Up activity.http://amazing-space.stsci.edu/resources/explorations/groundup/lesson/pictures/m51/