What a shiner!

Messier 64 otherwise known as the Black Eye galaxy (sometimes known as the Evil Eye galaxy) is high in our skies at the moment and a favourite target. It lies within the constellation Coma Berenices, some 24 million light years away. The black part of the galaxy is caused by thick lanes of dust partly obscuring the bright core. I grabbed this very quick image the other night at sea-level, it is less than 2 minutes’ worth of exposures showing just how bright a target this is from here.

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