The Black Eye Galaxy (also called Evil Eye Galaxy; designated Messier 64, M64, or NGC 4826) is a galaxy 17 ± 3.19 Mly from the Milky Way, and has become the home of the galaxy spanning Protectorate.
It was discovered by Edward Pigott in March 1779, and by Johann Elert Bode a month later, as well as by Charles Messier a year later. It is one of the more recognizable galaxies due to its spectacular dark band of absorbing dust in front of the galaxy's nucleus. This is where it got its nickname Black Eye or Evil Eye. From Earth, it can be seen through small telescopes and can be seen in the Coma Berenices constellation. It is also known for its interstellar medium consisting of two counter-rotating disks that are approximately equal in mass. The inner disk contains the prominent dust lanes. The stellar population exhibits no measurable counter-rotation.
Humans were the first intergalactic species to visit this galaxy in the year 81,891 CE. Here, the ten year survey mission discovered that the reason for the abnormal amount of dust was mostly due to a collision with a satellite galaxy in retrograde motion. Another startling discovery was the fact that there were very few civilizations who'd gotten past the age of sail. In the year 82,025, the Morningstar Colonization Mission began to take root, and many humans from the Sol System joined the massive intergalactic colonization effort. At the time, it was known as the largest colonization effort, with a combination of over ten thousand ships, each containing over one hundred thousand colonists in stasis. It was also the first colonization effort to contain Humans from every inhabited planet and moon in the Sol System.