Messier 104

sombreroOne of most famous spiral galaxies is Messier 104, aka The Sombrero Galaxy because of its particular shape its dominant nuclear bulge is composed mainly of mature stars. It is located in the constellation Virgo about 30 million light-years away. This luminous and massive galaxy has a total mass of about 800 billion time that of our Sun. from our point of vies it’s a nearly edge-on disc composed of stars, gas, and dust. The complexity of this dust is apparent directly in front of the bright nucleus, but also shows up in the dark absorbing lanes throughout the disc.

Image Credit: ESO

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