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Sunflower Galaxy (M63, NGC5055)

Sunflower Galaxy is a spiral galaxy object of interest in space. It lies at a distance of 37000 light years away in the constellation of Canes Venatici. It is referred to as M(63) when it was catalogued by Charles Messier in 18th - 19th Century France. It is referred to as NGC(5055) in the New General Catalogue. This is a list of deep space objects that was compiled by John Louis Emil Dreyer in 1888 in an update to John Herschel earlier catalogue. Sunflower Galaxy was discovered in 1779 by Pierre Mechain. The Spiral Galaxy's location is 13:15.8 (R.A.) and +42:02 (Dec.). Its Visual Brightness is a 8.6 Magnitude and has an apparent magnitude of 9 with an apparent dimension of 10x6 .

Sunflower galaxy (M63,NGC5055) is a spiral galaxy. It was discovered in 1779 by Pierre Mechain. It's location is RA(13:15.8), Dec(+42:02) and its distance is calculated 37000 light years away. Its visual Brightness is 8.6. Its apparent dimensions measured in arcmins is 10x6.

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NameSunflower Galaxy
TypeSpiral Galaxy
Messier Id63
NGC Id5055
ConstellationCanes Venatici
TypeSpiral Galaxy
Right Ascension13:15.8
Distance (Lt.Yr)37000
Visual Brightness8.6
Apparent Dimension10x6
Apparent Magnitude9
Year of Discovery1779
DiscovererPierre Mechain