NGC 5195

Alt. Designations: M51, ARP 85
Object Type: barred spiral galaxy
Constellation: Canes Venatici
Distance: 25 mly
Right Ascension: 13h 29m 59.2s
Declination: +47° 16´ 03"
Visual Magnitude: 9.6
Apparent Dimension: 5.9´ X 4.6´
Best Month To View: Apr

NGC 5195 (also known as Messier 51b or M51b) is a dwarf galaxy that is interacting with the Whirlpool Galaxy (also known as M51a or NGC 5194). Both galaxies are located approximately 25 million light-years away in the constellation Canes Venatici. Together, the two galaxies are one of the most famous interacting galaxy pairs.