Sombrero Galaxy

M104: The Sombrero Galaxy in Virgo (NGC 4594)


Object type: Spiral (Sa) Galaxy
Distance from Earth: 42,380,000 light years
13 Megaparsecs

The Sombrero Galaxy is a spiral galaxy characterized by a dark band of dust through its center which obscures the central bulge or core. M104 is tilted only 6 from our line of sight. Its central core is quite prominent - M104 resembles an elliptical galaxy with spiral arms tightly wound around it.