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Black Eye Galaxy

Sleeping Beauty Galaxy, M64, NGC 4826

Proper NamesBlack Eye Galaxy, Sleeping Beauty Galaxy
Messier NumberM64
NGC/IC NumberNGC 4826
ConstellationComa Berenices
Right Ascension12h 56m 52s
Declination+21° 40' 03"
Distancec.19,000,000 light years
c.6,000,000 parsecs
MagnitudeApparent: +8.5
Mean DiameterApparent: 9.3'
Actual: c.65,000 light years
Hubble TypeSpiral class b
Optimum VisibilityMarch
Location of the Black Eye Galaxy

The unusual spiral Black Eye Galaxy, marked with a central cloud of dark dust, lies in in Coma Berenices. Neither it nor the nearby cluster M53 are visible to the naked eye.

A spiral galaxy somewhat smaller than our own Milky Way. It takes its name from a characteristic 'shadow' of dust in its central regions.

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