NGC 5195 : Companion of M51

NGC 5195 is the companion of M51, it has undergone a close encounter with its parent galaxy several million years ago.

During this time it has been significantly distorted to its current irregular shape. But it has also enhanced the spiral structure of M51 itself.

This image was taken in Red, Visual and Blue filters using Faulkes Telescope North.

NGC 5195 : Companion of M51