The Whirlpool Galaxy (also known as Messier or NGC is an interacting, grand design, spiral galaxy in the constellation Canes Venatici. Recently it was estimated to be 23 ± 4 million light-years from the Milky Way Galaxy
Atlas V Arc of Light: Rocket launched with twin Radiation Belt Storm Probes sent to explore the Van Allen Belts that surround Earth. Astrophotographer Mike Killian took this photo from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida Aug.
Yup, HIGHLY doubt this is a real picture even though it is said to be. makes me sad! Why can't the real outer space be as colourful as a fake picture like this? :/ --- if it's any consolation, this could be the sky on another planet.