Sombrero Galaxy

Sombrero Galaxy

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Credit: EUROPEAN SOUTHERN OBSERVATORY/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

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Caption: Sombrero Galaxy. Optical image of the Sombrero Galaxy (M104, NGC 4594), almost edge-on. This spiral galaxy lies around 50 million light years away, in the constellation Virgo. A dark band of dust stretches across its equatorial plane. The large central bulge contains primarily mature stars. Image taken by the FORS1 instrument on the VLT, Paranal Observatory, Chile.

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