M63\NGC 5055 is better known as the Sunflower Galaxy
M63 Credit: SDSS
Being such a wonderful galaxy Hannah and myself decided to calibrate the data used to produce the standard SDSS DR8 image above into something even nicer.
Our efforts were met with mixed success…
I managed to create this, minty monster,
M63 Credit: SDSS, Peter ClarkWhilst Hannah created something a little easier on the eye,
M63 Credit: SDSS, HannahH
M63 is 37 million light years from the Earth which puts it in our cosmic ‘backyard’. It sits close to the more famous Whirlpool Galaxy (M51) and belongs to the same large group of galaxies.
The galaxy is located within the confines of the constellation Canes Venatici – The Hunting Dogs.
NASA has used data from the Sptizer Space Telescope to create this stunning infra-red image of the galaxy, showing off its dust lanes to full effect.
M63 Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech