The Sombrero Galaxy from Hubble : Why does the Sombrero Galaxy…

The Sombrero Galaxy from Hubble : Why does the Sombrero Galaxy look like a hat? Reasons include the Sombreros unusually large and extended central bulge of stars, and dark prominent dust lanes that appear in a disk that we see nearly edge-on. Billions of old stars cause the diffuse glow of the extended central bulge. Close inspection of the bulge in the above photograph shows many points of light that are actually globular clusters. M104s spectacular dust rings harbor many younger and brighter stars, and show intricate details astronomers dont yet fully understand. The very center of the Sombrero glows across the electromagnetic spectrum, and is thought to house a large black hole. Fifty million-year-old light from the Sombrero Galaxy can be seen with a small telescope towards the constellation of Virgo. via NASA

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