aka NGC 5194 the Whirlpool aka NGC 5195 (left) The Whirlpool Galaxy is a grand-design spiral galaxy, interacting with NGC a dwarf galaxy. Both galaxies are located 23 ± 4 million light-years away in Canes Venatici.
IC the Hidden Galaxy, is positioned only 10 degrees above the plane of our Milky Way Galaxy, so its light is heavily obscured and reddened by dust. It is 7 million light-years away but is not part of our Local Group of galaxies: Bruce Waddington
SwordOfOrion These stars represent Orion’s Belt. If you look closely, you’ll notice a curved line of stars “hanging” from the three Belt stars. These stars represent Orion’s Sword. Look for the Orion Nebula about midway down in the Sword of Orion
This nebula, imaged by the Hubble Space Telescope on August is about light-years away. Hubble completed its orbit in its year of exploration and discovery, and in doing so took a snapshot of a dazzling region of celestial birth and renewal.