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M64 - The Black Eye Galaxy

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Imaging telescope or lens: Planewave CDK 12,5'' 12.5 CDK

Imaging camera: QSI 683 wsg-8 QSI

Mount: apt1200gto AP1200

Guiding telescope or lens: Planewave CDK 12,5'' 12.5 CDK

Guiding camera: QSI 683 wsg-8 QSI

Software: CCD Autopilot 5

Resolution: 2677x1798

Dates: Feb. 27, 2015

Frames: 27x600"

Integration: 4.5 hours

Avg. Moon age: 8.62 days

Avg. Moon phase: 63.05%

Astrometry.net job: 1509116

RA center: 194.182 degrees

DEC center: 21.683 degrees

Pixel scale: 0.438 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: -2.081 degrees

Field radius: 0.196 degrees

Locations: ImagingInfinity Observatory, Bethune, SC, United States

Description

Messier Object #64 (M64), otherwise known as the "Black Eye Galaxy" in the constellation of Coma Berenices. Huge dust clouds laced with the red telltale glow of star formation line the near side of this spiral galaxy. Interestingly, stars in the central part of the galaxy along with the gas in those parts rotate around the center in one direction, while the faint outer gas clouds visible here, rotate in the opposite direction. This situation is the result of an ancient collision and merger of two separate galaxies. M64 lies at a distance of 17 million light years.

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