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M64: The Black Eye Galaxy

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M64: The Black Eye Galaxy


This bright, beautiful
spiral galaxy is
Messier 64,
sometimes known as the Black Eye Galaxy.

M64 lies about 17 million light-years distant in the
otherwise well-groomed northern constellation
Coma Berenices.

The dark clouds along the near-side of
M64's central
that give the galaxy its black-eye appearance are
enormous obscuring dust clouds associated with star formation,
but they are not the galaxy's only
peculiar feature.

that M64 is actually
composed of two concentric,
counter-rotating systems of stars, one in the inner 3,000 light-years
and another extending to about 40,000 light-years and rotating in
the opposite direction.

The dusty black eye and bizarre rotation is likely the result of a
of two different galaxies.

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