Sebastian Ruschmeier

Sebastian Ruschmeier

Sebastian Ruschmeier
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Spectacular photos from space

galaxy's hallmark is a brilliant white, bulbous core encircled by the thick dust lanes comprising the spiral structure of the galaxy. As seen from Earth, the galaxy is tilted nearly edge-on.

The graceful, winding arms of the majestic spiral galaxy M51 appear like a grand spiral staircase sweeping through space.

Hubble at the best images from the space telescope - in pictures This galaxy is nicknamed the Whirlpool because of its swirling structure. Young stars reside in the curving spiral arms, whereas the yellowish core is the home of older stars.