Sombrero Galaxy or M104 (Picture of the Day)

Sombrero Galaxy in Infrared
Sombrero Galaxy (also known as M104 or NGC 4594) is an unbarred spiral galaxy which is about 28 million light years away in the Virgo constellation. It spans about 50,000 light years in diameter and is one of the largest galaxies in the Virgo Cluster of Galaxies. There is a supermassive black hole present at the center of the galaxy which is estimated to be around 1 billion times the mass of our Sun. The above image shows the infrared glow recorded from the Spitzer Space Telescope, which is superposed in false-color on an image taken by Hubble Space Telescope in optical light.




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