Sunflower Galaxy M63

The Sunflower Galaxy Messier 63 also known as NGC 5055 is a spiral galaxy in the northern constellation of Canes Venatici. M63 was first discovered by the French astronomer Pierre Méchain, then later verified by his colleague Charles Messier on June 14, 1779. The galaxy became listed as object 63 in the Messier Catalogue. In the … Continue readingSunflower Galaxy M63

Messier 106

Messier 106 (also known as NGC 4258) is an intermediate spiral galaxy in the constellation Canes Venatici. It was discovered by Pierre Méchain in 1781. M106 is at a distance of about 22 to 25 million light-years away from Earth. M106 contains an active nucleus … Continue readingMessier 106

Whirlpool Galaxy M51

The Whirlpool Galaxy, also known as Messier 51 and NGC 5194, is an interacting grand-design spiral galaxy with an active galactic nucleus. It lies in the constellation Canes Venatici, and was the first galaxy to be classified as a spiral galaxy. Its distance is estimated … Continue readingWhirlpool Galaxy M51

Bode’s Galaxy M81

Bode’s Galaxy (also known as NGC 3031 or Messier 81) is a grand design spiral galaxy about 12 million light-years away, with a diameter of 90,000 light years, about half the size of the Milky Way, in the constellation Ursa Major. Due to its proximity … Continue readingBode’s Galaxy M81

Pinwheel Galaxy M101

M101 is a large galaxy, with a diameter of 170,000 light-years. It has around a trillion stars, twice the number in the Milky Way. The Pinwheel Galaxy (also known as Messier 101, M101 or NGC 5457) is a face-on spiral galaxy distanced 21 million light-years (six megaparsecs) away from Earth in the constellation Ursa Major.  M101 is asymmetrical … Continue readingPinwheel Galaxy M101