CHRIS BUTLER / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY CHRIS BUTLER / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Artist's impression of the Sombrero Galaxy, seen at the resolution at which it would appear through the Hubble Space Telescope (HST). The Sombrero Galaxy (M104, NGC 4594) is a spiral galaxy (type Sa/Sb) in the constellation of Virgo. Here, the galaxy is seen almost edge-on and the dark stripe running across it is due to dust lying within the plane of the galaxy. The HST is an orbiting observatory with a 2.4-metre aperture used for producing images at visible and ultraviolet wavelengths.
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