The Sunflower Galaxy (M63)

Posted by Rod Pommier
on Sunday, October 10, 2010

by Rod Pommier


M63 is a class Sb spiral galaxy whose appearance resembles that of a sunflower. It lies 35 million light-years away in the constellation Canes Venatici. It appears to be 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. Telescope: Celestron Compustar C14 at f/7 Location: Pommier Observatory, Portland, Oregon Camera: Canon 20D, unmodified Date/Time: 06/25/2009, 6:12 UT Exposures: 268x30 seconds=2:14 min at ISO 1600, calibrated with dark, bias and flat frames.

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