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M64 Black Eye Galaxy

6.10.2016

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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