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February 5, 2004 09:00 AM (EST)

News Release Number: STScI-2004-04

An Abrasive Collision Gives One Galaxy a "Black Eye"

Technical facts about this news release:

About the Object
Object Name: M64, NGC 4826, Black Eye Galaxy
Object Description: Spiral Galaxy
Position (J2000): R.A. 12h 56m 43s.88
Dec. +21° 41' 00".1
Constellation: Coma Berenices
Distance: Approximately 17 million light-years (5.2 Megaparsecs).
Dimensions: This image is roughly 1.5 arcminutes (7,400 light-years or 2,300 parsecs) wide.
About the Data
Data Description: This image was created from HST data from the following HST programs:
9042: S. Smartt, G. Gilmore, N. Trentham, S. Hodgekin, and C. Tout (Institute of Astronomy), and J. Danziger (U. Trieste); and 8591: D. Richstone (U. Michigan), S. Faber (UCSC), J. Pinkney (U. Michigan), R. Bender (Universitats Sternwarte, Muenchen), G. Bower (NOAO), A. Dressler (Carnegie Observatories), A. Filippenko (UC Berkeley), K. Gebhardt (UCSC), R. Green (NOAO), C. Grillmair (SIRTF Science Center), L. Ho (Carnegie Observatories), J. Kormendy (U. Hawaii), T. Lauer (NOAO), J. Magorrian (Cambridge U.), S. Tremaine (Princeton).
Instrument: WFPC2
Exposure Date(s): April 8/July 6, 2001
Exposure Time: 1.1 hours
Filters: F450W (B), F547M (Strömgren y), F656N (H-alpha), F814W (I)
About the Image
Image Credit: NASA and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)
Release Date: February 5, 2004
Orientation: Dust Band Around the Nucleus of