ESOshop: Mounted image 036: Fine shades of the Sombrero
The famous early-type spiral galaxy Messier 104, which is widely known as the Sombrero (the Mexican hat) because of its particular shape. The Sombrero is located in the constellation of Virgo, the Virgin, at a distance of about 50 million light-years.
ESO/P. Barthel. Acknowledgments: M. Neeser (Kapteyn Institute, Groningen) and R. Hook (ST-ECF, Garching, Germany)