|The Sombrero Galaxy is one of many showpieces of the Virgo Cluster of
galaxies. Even at a distance of 40 million light years its beauty and
mystery are not diminished. The Sombrero illustrates how incredibly thin
the disks of spiral galaxies are. In this case the galaxy is inclined from
our perspective by a mere 6 degrees. The extended halo which surrounds the
galaxy is where orbiting globular star clusters are found (just like
in the Milky Way). Other examples of edge-on spiral galaxies include
NGC 891 and NGC 4565.
|L R G B color production was used to create this image.||
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