Name: Messier 63
    Other names: Sunflower Galaxy
    Description: spiral galaxy
    Ascension: 13 : 15.8
    Declanation: +42 : 02
    Apparent diameter: 10*6 (arc min)
    Constellation: Canes Venatici
    Magnitude: 8.6
    Distance: 37 million light years
    Equipment: Meade ETX 90+icx424+focred0.66+extra lens
    Date / Time UTC: 16 may 2005 1:00
    Stacked : 73 of 315
    Exposure time: 30 seconds
    Location: The Hague, The Netherlands
    Other info:

    M63 was the very first discovery of a Deep Sky object by Messier's friend, Pierre Méchain, who caught it up on June 14, 1779. On the same day, Charles Messier included it in his catalog.

     

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