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M94 is a face on spiral galaxy in the constellation of Canes Venatici, part of the relatively small M94 group of galaxies. It is classified as a barred spiral but the bar appears as an oval central bulge, the bright pupil of the croc's eye. It is unusual in that it has been calculated to contain very little dark mater in contrast to most galaxies.


M94 the Croc's Eye galaxy