Sombrero galaxy

Sombrero galaxy

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Caption: Sombrero galaxy. Optical image of the Sombrero galaxy (M104, NGC 4594). This spiral galaxy lies 40 million light years away in the constellation Virgo. The galaxy is seen almost edge-on. The dark stripe running across it is due to dust lying in the plane of the galaxy. It is one of the largest galaxies known, with a mass of 1.3 trillion Suns. Some of this mass is due to a supermassive black hole which is thought to lie at its centre.

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Keywords: astronomy, cosmology, galactic, galaxy, m104, ngc 4594, science, sombrero, sombrero galaxy, spiral galaxy

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