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M104, Sombrero Galaxy as seen through 200″ Hale Telescope

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The Sombrero Galaxy as seen through 200" Hale Telescope.

The Sombrero Galaxy as seen through 200″ Hale Telescope.

The Sombrero Galaxy is an edge-on spiral galaxy located 28 million light-years from Earth. It resides in the constellation Virgo within a filamentous complex of galaxies known as the Virgo Supercluster. The Sombrero Galaxy has between 1,200 – 2,000 globular clusters in its halo, more than usual for a galaxy of its luminosity.

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A symmetrical dark lane composed of mostly cold dust and molecular hydrogen encapsulates the central bulge of this galaxy. At the center of the galactic disk lies a “low ionization nuclear region” where atoms are weakly ionized by the supermassive black hole that powers M104’s active galactic nucleus.

Composite Image From Several Data Sources

200″ Hale Telescope – Palomar Observatory
Luminance data: Caltech/Palomar Observatory/Paul Gardner

16″ RCOS Telescope – Perez Observatory/New Mexico Skies
Color data: Ryan Hannahoe

Image assembly and processing: Salvatore Grasso

Copyright: Caltech/Palomar Observatory/Paul Gardner, Salvatore Grasso, and Ryan Hannahoe

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