A bright spiral galaxy of the northern sky,
is about 25 million light-years distant in the
Also cataloged as NGC 5055, the majestic
is nearly 100,000 light-years across, about the size
of our own Milky Way.
Known by the popular moniker, The Sunflower Galaxy,
M63 sports a bright yellowish core and sweeping blue spiral arms,
streaked with cosmic dust lanes and
dotted with pink star forming regions.
But this deep
exposure also shows remarkable
faint loops and extensions of the galaxy's spiral arms.
A dominant member of a known
group, M63's faint extended features could be the result of
with nearby galaxies.
the electromagnetic spectrum and is thought to have
bursts of intense
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