28,000,000 light Years Distant!
This amazing galaxy has long been on my bucket list.
Looks like a UFO being chased by stormtroopers – “Pew Pew Pew”, as the three stars to the upper right look like laser bursts… well to me anyway!
M104 from dark site in Country Victoria, Australia.
5 hrs LUM & RGB Data in 3-5 min subs
Processed using Astro Pixel Processor & Photoshop CC 2019
Honourable Mention 2019 CWAS David Malin Awards
The striking spiral galaxy M104 is famous for its nearly edge-on profile featuring a broad ring of obscuring dust lanes. Seen in silhouette against an extensive bulge of stars, the swath of cosmic dust lends a broad-brimmed hat-like appearance to the galaxy suggesting the more popular moniker, The Sombrero Galaxy. M104 has a bright central bulge when viewed with ground-based instruments. Also known as NGC 4594, the Sombrero galaxy can be seen across the spectrum and is thought to host a central supermassive black hole. About 50,000 light-years across and 28 million light-years away, M104 is one of the largest galaxies at the southern edge of the Virgo Galaxy Cluster. (Apod)
“How can you look at the galaxy and not feel insignificant?”