Waid Observatory

Object: M104 - The Sombrero Galaxy
Date: May 25/26/27 June 6/7/8/9, 2015 - Exposure: L = 195 min. R,G,B = 60 min. each
Location: Davis Mountains, TX - Telescope: RC-10 - Camera: Apogee Alta-F8300
Guided using Innovations Foresight On Axix Guider (ONAG)
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  M104 - The Sombereo Galaxy


M104 - The Sombrero Galaxy 1

M104, also known as The Sombrero Galaxy, lies in the constellation Virgo at a distance of approximately 29 million light years.  The galaxy has a very large central bulge and a prominent dust band that extends around the circumstance of its spiral disk.  A very large, and massive, halo surrounds M104.  This feature is more indicative of an elliptical galaxy than a typical spiral galaxy.  Studies based on observations made using the Hubble Space Telescope and the Canada-French-Hawaii Telescope have determined a super massive black hole resides in M104’s core.  This massive black hole is estimated to have a total mass of approximately 1 billion times that of our Sun.


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