The Sunflower Galaxy


José J. Chambó

Navas de Estena, Ciudad Real (Spain)

GSO 8″ f/3.8 & Canon EOS-100D (21 x 240 sec. at ISO-1600); from Navas de Estena, Ciudad Real (Spain)

M63 also known as the Sunflower Galaxy is a type spiral galaxy located to 37 million light-years in the constellation of the “Hunting dogs” (Canes Venatici), discovered by Pierre Méchain on 1779, consists in a small central disc surrounded by many segments of spiral arms. Several faint galaxies appears also scattered in the field.