Messier 104 (RGB)

Messier 104, also known as the Sombrero Galaxy is a spiral galaxy in Virgo. It’s about 28 million light years away and has a nearly age on orientation to us.

The two most distinctive features of M10r are its unusually large central bulge and a very prominent dust lane that surrounds the central bulge. To me the galaxy almost resembles a mash up of a spiral and elliptical galaxy although M104 is reported to be only about 30% of the size o our own galaxy so shouldn’t be an elliptical.

Whatever it is, it is unusual and interesting. Though there isn’t much detail to see in the bulge the dust lane and what little we can see of the disk do show detail though it is subtle.

For all the technical details see astrobin.

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