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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.