Sombrero galaxy

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Sombrero galaxy

(som-brair -oh) (M104; NGC 4594) A spiral (Sa/Sb) galaxy in the constellation Virgo that has a relatively large bright nucleus and lies at a distance of 15 Mpc. The spiral structure is difficult to trace because the galaxy appears almost edge-on. A dark absorption band of interstellar dust in the galactic plane is clearly visible against the bright bulge component.

Sombrero galaxy

[səm′brer·ō ′gal·ik·sē]
(astronomy)
A spiral galaxy in the constellation Virgo that is seen nearly edge-on, having a recession velocity of approximately 910 kilometers per second (565 miles per second).
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So let us fire off into galaxy world with an all-time favourite, the versatile NGC 4594 (Messier 104), better known as the Sombrero Galaxy, which was discovered in May 1781 by the Frenchman Pierre Mechain.
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NGC 4594 has been better known through much of this century as M104 or by its popular name, the Sombrero Galaxy.