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Sunflower Galaxy (M63, NGC5055) Facts

Sunflower Galaxy (M63, NGC5055) is a spiral galaxy object of interest in space. It lies at a distance of 37000000 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 also 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.

The Spiral Galaxy's location is 13:15.8 (R.A.) and +42:02 (Dec.). Its Visual (Apparent) Brightness is 9.00 Magnitude with an apparent dimension of 10x6 . The object can not be seen by the naked eye, you need a telescope to see it.

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.

Fact File


NameSunflower Galaxy (M63, NGC5055)
TypeSpiral Galaxy
Messier Id63
NGC Id5055
ConstellationCanes Venatici
Right Ascension13:15.8
Declination+42:02
Distance (Lt.Yr)37000000
Apparent Dimension10x6
Visual / Apparent Magnitude9.00
Naked Eye VisibleRequires a 7x50 Binoculars - Magnitudes
Year of Discovery1779
DiscovererPierre Mechain


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