(Credit: Hubble Legacy Archive, NASA, ESA – Processing: José Jiménez Priego)

This newly-released image (the data used to formulate it was taken from the Hubble Legacy Archive.) takes a closer look at the galactic tango surrounding M51 (also known as the Whirlpool Galaxy) and its smaller companion, NGC 5195.

The gravitationally interacting pair, which can be found more than 30 million light-years from Earth, form a pretty structure resembling a rather large question mark.

The dark filaments that comprise the mark are actually tidal tails of material, which blot out a significant amount of light emitted from embedded stars. The light bleeding through contributes to the yellowish hue that illuminates one of the most aesthetically pleasing celestial regions in our local neighborhood.


Share This Article