NASA's Hubble Space Telescope captures this image of one of the universe's most stately and photogenic galaxies, the Sombrero galaxy, also known as Messier 104 (M104). The galaxy's hallmark trait is a brilliant white core encircled by 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.
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