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Pinwheel Galaxy

I've added a video of the Pinwheel Galaxy to the Sky Viewer Map.

The Pinwheel Galaxy (also known as Messier 101 or NGC 5457) is a face-on spiral galaxy about 27 million light-years away in the constellation Ursa Major. It was discovered by Pierre Mechain on March 27, 1781, and he subsequently communicated his discovery to Charles Messier who verified its position and added it to the Messier Catalogue as one of the final entries.

The video comes from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope Hidden Universe series.