The Sombrero Galaxy – M104 in the Messier Catalogue or NGC 4594 – is a spiral galaxy in the constellation of Virgo, named for its resemblance to a Mexican sombrero hat. This shape is due to the dust lanes that crosse in front of the galaxy’s central bulge.
The Sombrero galaxy is located south of the Virgo Cluster of galaxies and straddles the constellation boundary of Virgo and Corvus. The galaxy contains up to two thousand globular star clusters, more than ten times the amount found in the our own Milky Way galaxy.
The equatorial coordinates of the Sombrero galaxy are:
Right Ascension: 12h 39m 59.4s, Declination: −11° 37′ 23″
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