M104, the Sombrero Galaxy (NGC 4594)
M104, the Sombrero Galaxy (NGC 4594) is an unbarred spiral galaxy in the constellation Virgo. It has a bright nucleus, an unusually large central bulge, and a prominent dust lane in its inclined disk. The dark dust lane and the bulge give this galaxy the appearance of a sombrero. The galaxy has an apparent magnitude of +9.0, making it easily visible with amateur telescopes. The large bulge, the central supermassive black hole, and the dust lane all attract the attention of professional astronomers. The galaxy is 50,000 light-years across and is located 28 million light-years from Earth.
Image Credit: Credit: NASA and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)