m 63

M 63 - The Sunflower Galaxy

 

L 60 120 120 120

ASA 16" RC

ASA DDM 85

ASI 1600MM Pro

 

Constellation Canes Venatici

Ra  13:15:49

Dec 42:01:45

 

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. M63 was first discovered by the French astronomer Pierre Méchain. The shape or morphology of this galaxy has a classification of SAbc, indicating a spiral form with no central bar feature (SA) and moderate to loosely wound arms (bc). There is a general lack of large scale continuous spiral structure in visible light, so it is considered a flocculent galaxy.