Monday, April 11, 2011

M104, the Sombrero Galaxy

Messier 104 is an unusual galaxy in the constellation Virgo. The prominent dust lane, along with its bright central bulge, have earned it the nickname, the Sombrero Galaxy.

The dust lane is actually a ring. Most of the galaxy's star formation occurs there.

Messier 104, the Sombrero Galaxy; Epsilon-200 on NJP Mount; 7x120
The Hubble Space Telescope was used to take a fantastically detailed image of Messier 104.

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