The graceful, winding arms of the majestic spiral galaxy M51 (NGC 5194) appear like a grand spiral staircase sweeping through space. They are actually long lanes of stars and gas laced with dust.
This sharpest-ever image, taken in January 2005 with the Advanced Camera for Surveys aboard the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, illustrates a spiral galaxy's grand design, from its curving spiral arms, where young stars reside, to its yellowish central core, a home of older stars. The galaxy is nicknamed the Whirlpool because of its swirling structure.
Credit for the web text above: ESA/Hubble
Image from space, beautiful vivid yellow, orange, blue and red colors.
The original NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image was released under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license. I carefully enhanced the picture with a special artistic treatment. Looks like a realistic painting, can be printed in large sizes and the colors pop more than in the original image. It will look amazing as large print, canvas print, metal or acrylic print on your wall. Bring the universe in your home or office!
Credit for the original image: NASA, ESA, S. Beckwith (STScI), and The Hubble Heritage Team STScI/AURA)
August 19th, 2015
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