Whirlpool Galaxy as seen in 1845

RosseWhirlpool Galaxy, Lord Rosse 1845

Drawing of the Whirlpool Galaxy as seen through a 72 inch telescope in Ireland, by William Parsons (Lord Rosse) in 1845. Estimated to be 23 ± 4 million light-years away from the Milky Way.

whirlpool GalaxyWhirlpool Galaxy photograph by Hubble Telescope, 2005

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