December 2005 - The Black Eye galaxy

Calendar Dec 2005

A collision of two galaxies has left a merged star system with an unusual appearance as well as bizarre internal motions. Messier 64 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.

Credit:

NASA/ESA and The Hubble Heritage Team (AURA/STScI)

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