Release 565 of 1,056
An Abrasive Collision Gives One Galaxy a "Black Eye"
Release date: Feb 5, 2004 9:00 AM (EST)
Release type: Hubble Heritage

A collision of two galaxies has left a merged star system with an unusual appearance as well as bizarre internal motions. Messier 64 (M64) 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.

Release ID: STScI-2004-04
Release images (2)
Dust Band Around the Nucleus of "Black Eye Galaxy" M64

Credit: NASA and The Hubble Heritage Team (AURA/STScI)

Acknowledgment: S. Smartt (Institute of Astronomy) and D. Richstone (U. Michigan)