Alt. Designations: NGC 4826
Object Type: Spiral Galaxy
Constellation: Coma Berenices
Distance: 20 mly
Right Ascension: 12h 56m 43.8s
Declination: +21° 40´ 59"
Visual Magnitude: 8.5
Apparent Dimension: 10.0´ x 5.4´
Best Month To View: Mar

M64 is a very unusual-looking spiral galaxy located in the constellation of Coma Berenices. This is the famous Blackeye galaxy. It has also been called the Sleeping Beauty galaxy. The name Blackeye comes from a dark dust lane that obscures the light near the center of this galaxy. This dust lane is believed to be a site of active star formation. This dust lane is visible even in small telescopes. The distance of this galaxy is not very well known, but best guesses place it at around 20 million light-years from Earth. At magnitude 8.5, the Blackeye can be located on a good night with a pair of binoculars. A large telescope is required to see any real amount of detail in this galaxy.