Messier 64, The Black-Eye Galaxy   HOME INDEX BACK NEXT

Spiral Galaxy in Coma Berenices

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Messier 64 gets its name from the large dark semi-circular dust band that surrounds the galaxy's nucleus. The bright central region and the dark band are quite easy to see with most telescopes.

Magnitude 8.5
Apparent Size 9' x 5'
Distance (light yrs) 13.5 million
Right Ascension 12:56.7
Declination +21 41
Field of View 38' x 25'

Image details:  Exposure times of 60 minutes luminance, and 30 minutes each of red, green, and blue, taken with an SBIG ST-8300M imager and a 14" Meade LX850 telescope at f/6. 

April 2015