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Messier 63: the Sunflower Galaxy
bright spiral galaxy of the northern sky, Messier 63 is about 25
million light-years distant in the loyal constellation Canes Venatici.
Also cataloged as NGC 5055, the majestic island universe is nearly
100,000 light-years across. That's about the size of our own Milky Way
Galaxy. Known by the popular moniker, The Sunflower Galaxy, M63 sports
a bright yellowish core in this sharp, colorful galaxy portrait. Its
sweeping blue spiral arms are streaked with cosmic dust lanes and
dotted with pink star forming regions. A dominant member of a known
galaxy group, M63 has faint, extended features that could be the result
of gravitational interactions with nearby galaxies. In fact, M63 shines
across the electromagnetic spectrum and is thought to have undergone
bursts of intense star formation.