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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 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)

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The Black Eye Galaxy (also called Sleeping Beauty Galaxy; designated Messier 64, M64, or NGC 4826) was discovered by Edward Pigott in March 1779, and independently by Johann Elert Bode in April of the same year, as well as by Charles Messier in 1780. It 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.

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

The Black Eye Galaxy (NGC 4826 a.k.a. M64).

Psalm 19~The heavens declare the glory of God

One of my absolute favorite galaxies - M64 - Known as Black Eye, Sleeping Beauty Galaxy, and Evil Eye Galaxy - A spiral galaxy in the Coma Berenices constellation. Distance from Earth is 24 million light years.