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Sombrero Galaxy Facts

The Sombrero Galaxy – apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap080308.html

The Sombrero Galaxy is one of the most unusual looking barred spiral galaxies visible from Earth. Its bright nucleus, large central bulge and spiral arms threaded through with a thick dust lane make it look a little like a hat from Mexico. The dust lane is a ring that circles the bulge of the galaxy, and it is rich with gas, dust, and hydrogen gas. Because it has all the elements needed for star formation, it’s not surprising that astronomers have found many sites of star formation inside.

Sombrero Galaxy Profile

Designation:M104 or NGC 4594
Type:Spiral
Diameter:50,000 ly
Distance:29 Mly
Mass:800 billion M☉
Constellation:Virgo

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