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Messier 63
Messier 63 Sunflower Galaxy
Credit: NASA, ESA

M63 (NGC 5055) - Sunflower Galaxy

Messier 63 (NGC 5055), also known as the Sunflower Galaxy, is a spiral galaxy located in the constellation Canes Venatici in the M51 Group of galaxies. M63 is 29,300,000 light years away from Earth.

M63 is best viewed during early spring, is magnitude 9.3, and can be viewed with binoculars. M63 is 12.6' x 7.2' in apparent size. For reference, the full moon is 30' (arc minutes) in size.

      1. Name:
      2. Sunflower Galaxy
      1. Type:
      2. spiral galaxy
      1. NGC or IC:
      2. NGC 5055
      1. Magnitude:
      2. 9.3
      1. Viewing:
      2. binoculars
      1. Size:
      2. 12.6' x 7.2'
      1. Distance (light years):
      2. 29,300,000 LY
      1. RA:
      2. 13h 15.8m
      1. Dec:
      2. 42 2'
      1. Season:
      2. early spring
      1. Galaxy group:
      2. M51 Group

    * The naked eye can see up to magnitude 8 objects under ideal dark sky conditions.