Sombrero Galaxy

M104, NGC 4594

Proper NamesSombrero Galaxy
Messier NumberM104
NGC/IC NumberNGC 4594
ConstellationVirgo
Right Ascension12h 40m 12s
Declination-11° 38' 42"
Distancec.50,000,000 light years
c.15,000,000 parsecs
MagnitudeApparent: +9.2
Mean DiameterApparent: 6'
Actual: c.90,000 light years
Hubble TypeSpiral class a
Optimum VisibilityApril/May

A bright spiral galaxy in the constellation Virgo, especially noted for an obscuring band of dust across its central plane.

Location of the Sombrero Galaxy

The Sombrero Galaxy falls within the boundaries of the galaxy-rich constellation of Virgo, but only just. It is a mere 4½ arc minutes from Virgo's border with Corvus.

The Sombrero Galaxy

A view of the Sombrero Galaxy, with the dark equatorial band clearly visible.

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