The Pinwheel Galaxy is a spiral-shaped galaxy about 21 million light years away from Earth. Scientists call this swirling galaxy M101.
You can find it in the constellation Ursa Major, or the "Big Dipper," in the Northern Hemisphere. With a nice, dark sky, you can see it with binoculars or a small telescope.
For those of us who can't see it in the night sky, we can have the next best thing: a Pinwheel Galaxy pinwheel!
Pick up your very own Pinwheel Galaxy pinwheel kit. Supplies are limited.
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