M63, The Sunflower Galaxy

Right about this time of year, a spectacular menagerie of galaxies crawls from the Eastern sky. Pretty much every kind of galaxy you could imagine – spirals, barred, ellipticals, starburst, and irregular curiosities. From Leo to Virgo and Coma Berenices, all the way over the Ursa Major, millions of galaxies pass overhead. Some are far away and clumped together, while others are a bit closer, larger, and of course magnificient to image. I went after a few of the More >