A Milky Way-like galaxy (Messier 101) (IMAGE) Northwestern University Caption A Milky Way-like galaxy (Messier 101): A close-up view of the Messier 101 galaxy, which is a spiral galaxy similar to the Milky Way galaxy. The Messier 101 has a pancake-like shape that we view face-on. This perspective shows off the spiral structure that gives it the nickname the "Pinwheel Galaxy." Credit NASA (http://hubblesite.org/image/2477/news_release/2009-07) Usage Restrictions Credit must be given License Licensed content Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.