Sombrero Galaxy: Visible and Infrared Views

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Duration: 36 seconds

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.

Optical: 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.

Frame Sets, Galaxies, HD Video, Infrared Universe, Multiwavelength, Scientific Visualizations, Spitzer, UHD Video


Optical: NASA/Hubble Space Telescope/Hubble Heritage Team (STScI);
Infrared: NASA/JPL-Caltech/R. Kennicutt (University of Arizona) and the SINGS Team.

Publication: October 29, 2018