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  • Kelly Hanna

    A collision of two galaxies has left a merged star system with an unusual appearance as well as bizarre internal motions. Messier 64 (M64) has a spectacular dark band of absorbing dust in front of the galaxy's bright nucleus, giving rise to its nicknames of the Black Eye or Evil Eye galaxy. Also known as the Sleeping Beauty Galaxy

  • M C

    The Black Eye Galaxy - also known as the Evil Eye Galaxy or the Sleeping Beauty Galaxy... stunning! #galaxy #universe #cosmos

  • Rebecca Lattos

    Dust Band around the Nucleus of the Black Eye Galaxy Outer Space Captured By Hubble Telescope

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The Black Eyed Galaxy - also known as the Sleeping Beauty Galaxy... stunning!

The Black Eye Galaxy (also called Sleeping Beauty Galaxy; designated M64) absorbed a satellite galaxy that collided with it, perhaps more than one billion years ago. Active formation of new stars is occurring in the shear region where the oppositely rotating gases collide, are compressed, and contract. It is approximately 17 million light years from Earth. The inner region has a radius of only approximately 3,000 light-years, while the outer section extends another 40,000 light-years.

The "Black Eye" galaxy, so named because an ancient cosmic smashup produced a dark ring and a roiling, conflicted interior. (Reuters / NASA)

The Black Eyed Galaxy - also known as the Sleeping Beauty Galaxy... stunning! #galaxy #universe #cosmos

This composite NASA image of the spiral galaxy M81, located about 12 million light years away

A collision of two galaxies has left a merged star system with an unusual appearance as well as bizarre internal motions. Messier 64 (M64) has a spectacular dark band of absorbing dust in front of the galaxy's bright nucleus, giving rise to its nicknames of the "Black Eye" or "Evil Eye" galaxy.

Quasars. Quasars: quasars qua·sar [kwey-zahr, -zer, -sahr, -ser] Show IPA noun Astronomy . one of over a thousand known extragalactic objects, starlike in appearance and having spectra with characteristically large redshifts, that are thought to be the most distant and most luminous objects in the universe. Also called quasi-stellar object.

M51 Hubble Remix - Astronomy Picture of the Day, 26 December 2009

This view across 24,000 light years of the Milky Way Galaxy shows over 150,000 stars!

Object Name: Centaurus A -- Image Type: Astronomical Credit: E.J. Schreier (STScI) and NASA