Sunflower Galaxy – M63

A bright spiral galaxy of the northern sky, M63 is about 25 million light-years distant in the loyal constellation Canes Venatici. Also cataloged as NGC 5055, the majestic island universe is nearly 100,000 light-years across. That’s about the size of our own Milky Way Galaxy. Known by the popular moniker, The Sunflower Galaxy, M63 sports a bright yellowish core. Its sweeping blue spiral arms are streaked with cosmic dust lanes and dotted with pink nebulae, it’s star forming regions.Taken over 8 hours (14,4,3,4 RGB images of 20 minutes each) at 75 times magnification.

m63 - Sunflower Galaxy

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