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Published 1998 | Published
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A high resolution CO map of the inner region of M51


M51, the Whirlpool Galaxy, at a distance of ≈ 9,6 Mpc and a systemic velocity of 465 km s^(−1), is the closest "Grand Design" spiral galaxy. Its low inclination (20°) makes it an excellent target for structural studies, e.g. the formation of arms in response to a spiral density wave causing gas streaming motions. We have obtained a high resolution, sensitive map of the inner 2.5′ of M51 using the Caltech six-element OVRO array. The map consists of a 19-field mosaic, taken using three different telescope configurations. The resolution is 2.5″, (corresponding to 115 pc linear size) and 3.5" for the robustly and naturally weigthed maps, respectively.

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