Sunflower Galaxy

Sunflower Galaxy

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The Sunflower Galaxy (also known as Messier 63, M63, or NGC 5055) is a spiral galaxy in the constellation Canes Venatici consisting of a central disc surrounded by many short spiral arm segments. The Sunflower Galaxy is part of the M51 Group, a group of galaxies that also includes the Whirlpool Galaxy .

History

The Sunflower Galaxy was discovered by Pierre M├ęchain on June 14, 1779. The galaxy was then listed by as object 63 in the .

In the mid-19th century, Lord Rosse identified spiral structure within the galaxy, making this one of the first galaxies in which such structure was identified.

In 1971, a supernova with a magnitude of 11.8 appeared in one of the arms of M63.

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<gallery>Image:Messier 63.jpg|Messier 63, 24 inch telescope on Mt. Lemmon, AZ.Image:M63 3.6 8.0 24 microns spitzer.png|Messier 63 seen in infrared by the Spitzer Space Telescope.</gallery>



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