The Sunflower Galaxy, also known as Messier 63, M63, NGC 5055, PGC 46153 amd UGC 8334, is a Spiral Galaxy located in Canes Venatici Constellation (Hunting Dogs Constellation). The Sunflower Galaxy gets its name from it's similar look to that of the bud of a Sunflower. The Sunflower Galaxy is 29.3 Million Light Years from Earth and is 13.28 Billion Years old. The Sunflower Galaxy has a mass of approximately 110 Billion Solars mass and a radius of 49,000 Light Years.
Profile of Messier 63
The Sunflower Galaxy was discovered by French Astronomer Pierre Méchain and was confirmed by another French Astronomer, Charles Messier, in June of 1779. Messier 63 has 400 Billion Stars within its bounds and is 850 fold the mass of The Sun. The Sunflower Galaxy is in fact, a weakly active galaxy, Low-ionization Nuclear Emission-line Region (LINER) nucleus; which basically means that it's center isn't a lumonist as a Normal Active Galaxy. The Sunflower Galaxy is a member of the M51 Group, a group of galaxies located inside The Canes Venatici Constellation. Some of the other galactic members of this group are The Whirlpool Galaxy, NGC 5023 & NGC 5229.
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