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Contains:  M 64, Black-eye galaxy, NGC 4826
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M64 Black Eye Galaxy - LRBG, 


            Jerry Macon
M64 Black Eye Galaxy - LRBG

M64 Black Eye Galaxy - LRBG

Technical card

Resolution: 3358x2536

Dates:April 2, 2016

Frames:Baader LRGB 36mm Filters, L, R, G, B: 128x240" bin 1x1

Integration: 8.5 hours

Avg. Moon age: 23.99 days

Avg. Moon phase: 30.88% job: 1028812

RA center: 194.184 degrees

DEC center: 21.684 degrees

Pixel scale: 0.563 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 89.596 degrees

Field radius: 0.329 degrees

Locations: Dark Star Observatory, Taos, New Mexico, United States


The Black Eye Galaxy (also called Evil Eye 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. M64 is well known among amateur astronomers because of its appearance in small telescopes. It is a spiral galaxy in the Coma Berenices constellation.

The interstellar medium of Messier 64 comprises two counter-rotating disks which are approximately equal in mass. The inner disk contains the prominent dust lanes of the galaxy. The stellar population of the galaxy exhibits no measurable counter-rotation. Possible formation scenarios include a merger with a gas-rich satellite galaxy in a retrograde orbit, or the continued accretion of gas clouds from the intergalactic medium.



Jerry Macon
License: Attribution Creative Commons

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M64 Black Eye Galaxy - LRBG, 


            Jerry Macon