M101 / NGC 5457 – The Pinwheel Galaxy

Facts

The Pinwheel Galaxy (also known as Messier 101, M101 or NGC 5457) is a face-on spiral galaxy distanced 21 million light-years (six megaparsecs) away in the constellation Ursa Major, first discovered by Pierre Méchain on March 27, 1781, and communicated to Charles Messier who verified its position for inclusion in the Messier Catalogue as one of its final entries.

On February 28, 2006, NASA and the ESA released a very detailed image of the Pinwheel Galaxy, which was the largest and most detailed image of a galaxy by Hubble Space Telescope at the time. The image was composed from 51 individual exposures, plus some extra ground-based photos.

On August 24, 2011, a Type Ia supernova, SN 2011fe, was discovered in M101.

Date: 09.03.2013 Location: Sollihøgda, Bærum, NO Camera: DSLR Canon EOS 7D Optics: Celestron SCT 8″ 1260mm f6,3 Exposure: 5 x 5 min lightframes 20 x flatframes 20 x bias ISO: 1600 Guiding: PHD Guiding  Starlight Xpress Lodestar Post processing: DSS, PhotoShop CS5

Object: M101 The Pinwheel Galaxy
Date: 09.03.2013
Location: Sollihøgda, Bærum, NO
Camera: DSLR Canon EOS 7D
Optics: Celestron SCT 8″ 1260mm f6,3
Exposure: 5 x 5 min lightframes
20 x flatframes
20 x bias
ISO: 1600
Guiding: PHD Guiding
Starlight Xpress Lodestar
Post processing: DSS, PhotoShop CS5

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