How to Find The Black Eye Galaxy, Messier 64

How to Find The Black Eye Galaxy, Messier 64


This galaxy also goes by the name Evil Eye Galaxy. It can be found in Coma Berenices and is easy to observe. read on to learn more about this ominous galaxy and how to find it in the Spring night sky.

Messier 64 or NGC 4826 is otherwise known as the Black Eye galaxy in reference to its prominent dust cloud. This is a fantastic deep sky object to view in telescopes 6 inches and above as it will demonstrate the dark cloud in these scopes. It is found about 24 million light years away. It was discovered in March 1779 by Edward Pigott. This fascinating galaxy has an unusual feature in that the outer regions spin in the opposite direction to the inner region. The boundary is a place of intense star formation. It is thought that this opposing spin is due to a collosion with a neighbouring galaxy years ago.

NASA and The Hubble Heritage Team (AURA/STScI)

Telescopic Image to Scale:


This image is the size of a full moon for size comparison.

Other Names:

Messier 64


NGC 4826

Black Eye Galaxy

Evil Eye Galaxy

Sleeping Beauty Galaxy

UGC 8062

PGC 44182

MCG 4-31-1

CGCG 130-1

IRAS 12542+2157


Magnitude = 8.5

Surface brightness = 12.7

Telescope Aperture City Suburbs Rural Dark Sky
4 inches 9 10 11 12.5
5 inches 9.5 10.5 11.5 13
6 inches 10 11 12 13.5
8 inches 10.5 11.5 12.5 14
10 inches 11 12 13 14.5

Use this chart to estimate if you can see the object from your location with your telescope. For more help on using this chart click here.

How to Find It:

This galaxy resides in the constellation of Coma Berenices. It's co-ordinates are: RA 12h 56m 43.7 DEC +21° 40′ 58″ if you are using guiding software.

How to find Messier 64, The Black Eye Galaxy

To find more space objects have a look at the constellation guide by clicking the link or go back to the list of deep space objects.

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