Sombrero Galaxy

The Sombrero Galaxy has a distinctive ring of dust that circles a smooth bulge of stars. The galaxy's dust and inner flat disk are very clear in the infrared. The Sombrero Galaxy may be a spiral galaxy like the Milky Way, but because of its extremely edge-on orientation, we see it in the flat pancake aspect. Our Milky Way would also have this appearance if viewed from the side angle.

Visible: The dust ring is partially hidden in the galaxy's visible-light glow.

Infrared: The galaxy's dust and inner flat disk are clear when viewing infrared.

CREDITS: Visible: NASA/Hubble Space Telescope/Hubble Heritage Team. Infrared: NASA/JPL-Caltech/R. Kennicutt (University of Arizona) and the SINGS Team.
Default View
image of Visible Sombrero Galaxy
image of Infrared Sombrero Galaxy