Sombrero galaxy (M104)

Sombrero galaxy (M104)

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Caption: Sombrero galaxy (M104), optical image. This is a spiral galaxy that is seen nearly edge-on when viewed from Earth. A ring of dark dust is silhouetted against the bright stars of the galaxy. It has a small, bright nucleus that contains a supermassive black hole, and is responsible for the galaxy's strong radio and X- ray emission. The galaxy lies around 30 million light years from Earth in the constellation Virgo.

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