NASA Creates a Majestic Whirlpool Galaxy Illustration Using Unseen Images. Have You Already Seen It?

The breathtaking discoveries made by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) from the vastness of the cosmos never cease to astound us. NASA just posted a series of images on Instagram that capture the breathtaking splendor of the Whirlpool Galaxy. The space agency said that whereas some photos are composites made using data from the Chandra X-ray Observatory, others are made using data from the Hubble Space Telescope.

Five distinct color photos of the Whirlpool Galaxy are included in the article. NASA said on Instagram that the image was “shedding some light on spiral galaxies.” One of the brightest spirals in the night sky, the Whirlpool Galaxy, is located around 30 million light-years from Earth.

Through the lens of many NASA orbiting observatories, this composite picture of the Whirlpool Galaxy reveals the magnificence of its structure in a dramatically new manner. Every spectrum you swipe across presents the cosmos from a different angle: Point-like objects (purple) in binary star systems are black holes and neutron stars, according to X-ray data from @NASAChandraXray.

In the interstellar medium, Chandra also observes a diffuse light of hot gas. In the spiral arms, lengthy lanes made of stars and gas mixed with dust are highlighted by both infrared emission from the Spitzer Space Telescope (red*) and optical data from the @NASAHubble (green). Using the GALEX telescope, a view of M51 reveals hot, young stars that emit a lot of UV light (blue).

NASA said, “Composite image of the Whirlpool galaxy” for the first image. The largest of the two galaxies has vivid purple stars that accentuate its red features. It is blue in color overall. The neighboring galaxy has red details and glows in green. The space agency said, “X-ray image of the Whirlpool galaxy,” in characterizing the second photograph. The Chandra picture accentuates the two interacting galaxies known as the Whirlpool Galaxy, highlighting their active center areas in purple.

The third picture was identified by NASA as a “optical image of the Whirlpool galaxy.” The magnificent spiral arms, which are really lengthy lanes of stars and gas mixed with dust, are seen in Hubble’s view. The multiple clusters of brilliant, young stars (green) in the Whirlpool are showing signs of star formation caused by the companion’s gravitational pull. “The infrared image of the Whirlpool galaxy from Spitzer also reveals stars and the glow from clouds of interstellar dust in red,” NASA said in reference to the fourth image. The majority of the organic compounds in the dust are carbon-based ones. Regarding the fifth, NASA said that “very little star formation is occurring in the companion galaxy,” based on ultraviolet images of the Whirlpool galaxy using GALEX (colored blue) data.

Two days ago, the post was shared. Nearly 10 lakh likes have been added to the share since then, and the count is still rising. People have been responding to the sharing by leaving their opinions in the post’s comments area. “Isn’t our galaxy also spiral?” inquired one Instagram user. “Excellent CGI,” another person said. A third user said, “The universe is wonderful.”