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The Black Eye Galaxy (also known as Galaxy Sleeping Beauty Spiral Galaxy M64, M64 or NGC 4826)


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10 Most Fascinating Galaxies of our Universe

The Black Eye Galaxy (also called Sleeping Beauty Galaxy; designated Messier 64, M64, or NGC 4826) was discovered by Edward Pigott in March 1779, and independently by Johann Elert Bode in April of the same year, as well as by Charles Messier in 1780. It 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.


#Life exists in a myriad of wondrous forms, but if you break any #organism down to its most basic parts, it's all the same stuff: carbon atoms connected to hydrogen, oxygen, nitrogen and other elements. But how these fundamental substances are created in space has been a longstanding mystery. Now, astronomers using the Herschel Space Observatory have discovered that starlight plays a key role in creating the molecules that become the building blocks of life. Learn how…