M 64 is a spiral galaxy that lies
72 milliion light years away in the constellation of Coma Berenices.
It commonly know as the Black Eye galaxy due to the thick band of
dust surrouning its core. It was discovered by Edward Piggot in
1799 and Charles Messier added it to his catalog the next year.
M 64 is peculiar in that it is rotating
in the opposite direction of the dust and stars within it. This
is likely due to its merger with a satellite galaxy over a billion