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M64 Black Eye Galaxy


M64 Black Eye Galaxy

M64, known also as the Black Eye Galaxy, is seen in the direction of the Constellation Coma Berenices about 17 Million Light-Years distant. Known as the Black Eye Galaxy owing to the dense, dark dust lanes near the core, which hide heavy star formation probably resulting from a past merger with another galaxy. The main core of the dust cloud is thought to be about 40,000 light-years in diameter, and rotates opposite the outer portions of the galaxy, also resulting from the encounter with the absorbed galaxy. Object: M64 Black Eye Galaxy Magnitude: 8.5 Date: March 2016 Place: Fort Davis, TX Exposure Details: LRGB:660:150:180:240 unbinned Processing: MaxIm DL, CCDStack, PixInsight, Photoshop CS3 Optics: 12.5" RCOS Truss Focal Length: 2808mm@f9 Mount: Paramount ME Robotic Camera: SBIG STL6303E Focus: RCOS Guiding: SBIG RGH Off-Axis Filters: Tru-Balance LRGB GenII 2"

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