M63 Sunflower Galaxy

Image information:

Date: 03/29/2011
Equipment: SBIG ST2000XM with CFW10 and Astrodon I series Gen II LRGB filter set through WO ZS105ED telescope on Losmandy GM8 mount. WO ZS105ED working at f7.
Image type: LRGB
Exposure time: 8X12min Luminance binned 1X1, RG&B 8X6min each binned 2X2

Object information:

Object designations:

M63, NGC5055, Sunflower Galaxy
Object type:
Spiral galaxy
Object size:
12.6' X 7.2'
Constellation: Canes Venatici
M63 is a spiral galaxy with unusually high number of spiral arms. The long spiral arms are tightly coiled around the prominent core, giving the whole galaxy appearance of a sunflower. It is a member of the same galaxy group that includes M51, the Whirlpool Galaxy, which lies 6 degrees north of M63, and a few smaller galaxies. M63 is 35 million ly distant, and it has a diameter of 60 kly.

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