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M64 - Galaxie in Coma Berenices

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M64 in Coma Berenices, also know as the Black eye galaxy, also called Evil Eye Galaxy or NGC4826 or UGC8062 or PGC44182.
RK 012h 56’ 48” / DEC +21° 41’ 00”
6.50’ x 3.20‘ / Vis m8.8 / Abs m: -20.39 / Type : Sb
Distance: 22.500.000Lj / diam: 48000Ly / Rad.s: 352 km/s.

The Black Eye Galaxy 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.
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. (
References Characteristics: Wikipedia)

General Info


Image Data

Optics : TMB 152 @ f/8
Mount : 10micron GM2000
Camera : SBig STL11000
Exposures : total, 27h50 - LRGB : 700:300:350:320 (1x1 bin)
Filters : Baader LRGB 2”
Location : Verclause (France)
Date : 15/03/2013 & 13, 14, 15, 18/04/2013 & 3, 4, 6, 7, 10/05/2013
Comments : Data acquired remotely

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Coma Berenices