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Messier 104 -- Sombrero Galaxy
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Messier 104 -- Sombrero Galaxy

March 31, 2003
Atlas Image mosaic, covering 9.2´ × 9.2´ on the sky, of the Sombrero, Messier 104 (M104). The galaxy derives its nickname from its appearance, as a nearly edge-on disk system with a "rim" of dark, obscuring dust. The "rim" are the dust lanes within the disk of this early-type spiral galaxy, which are still particularly visible, even in this 2MASS near-infrared image. 2000 Feb 16-22