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Sunflower Galaxy (M63, NGC5055)

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.

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 Brightness is a 8.6 Magnitude and has an apparent magnitude of 9 with an apparent dimension of 10x6 . The object can not be seen by the naked eye, you need a telescope to see it.

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NameSunflower Galaxy (M63, NGC5055)
TypeSpiral Galaxy
Messier Id63
NGC Id5055
ConstellationCanes Venatici
Right Ascension13:15.8
Declination+42:02
Distance (Lt.Yr)37000000
Visual Brightness8.6
Apparent Dimension10x6
Apparent Magnitude9
Naked Eye VisibleRequires a 7x50 Binoculars - Magnitudes
Year of Discovery1779
DiscovererPierre Mechain


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