Hubble Mosaic of the Majestic Sombrero Galaxy  

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Hubble Mosaic of the Majestic Sombrero Galaxy
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NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has trained its razor-sharp eye on one of the universe's most stately and photogenic galaxies, the Sombrero galaxy, Messier 104 (M104). The galaxy's hallmark is a brilliant white, bulbous core encircled by the thick dust lanes comprising the spiral structure of the galaxy. As seen from Earth, the galaxy is tilted nearly edge-on. We view it from just six degrees north of its equatorial plane. This brilliant galaxy was named the Sombrero because of its resemblance to the broad rim and high-topped Mexican hat. At a relatively bright magnitude of +8, M104 is just beyond the limit of naked-eye visibility and is easily seen through small telescopes. The Sombrero lies at the southern edge of the rich Virgo cluster of galaxies and is one of the most massive objects in that group, equivalent to 800 billion suns. The galaxy is 50,000 light-years across and is located 28 million light-years from Earth. Credit: NASA/ESA and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)


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07/18/05 9:46 PM GMT
It is a really clear and sharp picture. Nice post.
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07/18/05 9:48 PM GMT
Spectacular! Amazing shot for being so incredibly far away don't you think?
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07/18/05 10:44 PM GMT
Stunning!! Great image!
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07/19/05 1:02 PM GMT
Wonderful shot. Its so interesting looking at a photo like this...every point of light is a star that might support life in its solar system. Quite mind boggling. A new one for my favorites and high marks!
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07/31/05 9:38 PM GMT
Every time I see these images, I am just amazed at how much there is more to explore...overwhelming really. But that galaxy is tiny compared to our 100,000 lightyear diameter Milkyway :D

I also like how I can see other little galaxies in the photo. Thanks for sharing :)
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08/01/05 5:47 PM GMT
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08/17/05 3:26 AM GMT
Wow, very cool. It can be incredibly hard to try to comprehend stuff like this...
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09/21/05 11:32 PM GMT
We just started learning about stuff like this in school. It really is amazing and hard to grasp the idea that we can see so far away...
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01/13/06 2:53 AM GMT
Far to soon Hubble will stop taking these pictures...
I've got this photo in 20x30 inch form framed, only a few of the "points of light" are individual stars and those are part of our milky way galaxy, the rest are globular clusters and galaxies.
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05/26/07 3:00 PM GMT
Too bad we don't see more of the Hubble photos. Thanks for posting.
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07/06/07 7:21 PM GMT
i've seen this, but gorgeos everytime
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03/11/08 6:42 AM GMT
When I see pictures like this, my mind wanders into the vastness of our universe, trying to comprehend its size.
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01/21/09 3:34 PM GMT
Great distance so far away galaxy but picture makes it so close to us.

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04/20/12 8:41 AM GMT
amazing image
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funny the things that just pop up during adventures :)

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