M63 Sun­flower Galaxy in Canes Venatici

Messi­er 63 or M63, also known as NGC 5055 or the sel­dom-used Sun­flower Galaxy, is a spir­al galaxy in the north­ern con­stel­la­tion of Canes Ven­at­ici with approx­im­ately 400 bil­lion stars. M63 was first dis­covered by the French astro­nomer Pierre Méchain, then later veri­fied by his col­league Charles Messi­er on June 14, 1779. The galaxy became lis­ted as object 63 in the Messi­er Cata­logue. In the mid-19th cen­tury, Anglo-Irish astro­nomer Lord Rosse iden­ti­fied spir­al struc­tures with­in the galaxy, mak­ing this one of the first galax­ies in which such struc­ture was identified.

[descrip­tion from wikipedia]

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Taka­hashi FSQ-106EDX III
ASA DDM85
QHY600M-PH
Astro­don Gen2
LRGB 390:150:150:130 min.
ROSA Remote Obser­vat­or­ies South­ern Alps
© Mar­tin Ruster­holz, Astrophotographer

Find­er Chart M63 Sun­flower Galaxy in Canes Venatici

M63 Galaxy in Canes Venatici Sky Chart strophotography Martin Rusterholz

Image cre­ated by Skychart

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