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Sombrero Galaxy in infrared light (Hubble Space Telescope and Spitzer Space Telescope)
 

 

 

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English: NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope and NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope joined forces to create this striking composite image of one of the most popular sights in the universe. Messier 104 is commonly known as the Sombrero galaxy because in visible light, it resembles the broad-brimmed Mexican hat. However, in Spitzer's striking infrared view, the galaxy looks more like a "bull's eye."

Spitzer's full view shows the disk is warped, which is often the result of a gravitational encounter with another galaxy, and clumpy areas spotted in the far edges of the ring indicate young star-forming regions.

The Sombrero galaxy is located some 28 million light-years away. Viewed from Earth, it is just six degrees south of its equatorial plane. Spitzer detected infrared emission not only from the ring, but from the center of the galaxy too, where there is a huge black hole, believed to be a billion times more massive than our Sun.

The Spitzer picture is composed of four images taken at 3.6 (blue), 4.5 (green), 5.8 (orange), and 8.0 (red) microns. The contribution from starlight (measured at 3.6 microns) has been subtracted from the 5.8 and 8-micron images to enhance the visibility of the dust features.
Français : Le Hubble de la NASA/de l'ASE et le Spitzer de la NASA combinent leurs forces pour créer cette image composite de l'une des plus célèbres vues de l'univers. Messier 104 est communément connu sous le nom Galaxie du Sombrero car dans cette lumière visible, il ressemble aux larges bords d'un chapeau mexicain. Cependant, dans la perception infrarouge du Splitzer, la galaxie ressemble plus à une "cible".

La galaxie du Sombrero est localisée à 28 millions d'années lumières. Vue de la terre, elle est juste à six degrés sud de sa trajectoire équatoriale. Spitzer détecte une émission infrarouge pas seulement depuis le cercle, mais également du centre de la galaxie, dans lequel se trouve un énorme trou noir, un milliard de fois plus gros que notre soleil.

L'image du Splitzer est composée de quatre images prises à 3.6 (bleu), 4.5 (vert), 5.8 (orange) et 8.0 (rouge) microns.
Date between May 2003(2003-05) and June 2003(2003-06)
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Author NASA/JPL-Caltech and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)
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Public domain This file is in the public domain because it was created by NASA and ESA. Hubble material is copyright-free and may be freely used as in the public domain without fee, on the condition that NASA and ESA is credited as the source of the material. The material was created for NASA by Space Telescope Science Institute and for ESA by the Hubble European Space Agency Information Centre under Contract NAS5-26555. Copyright statement at hubblesite.org or copyright statement at spacetelescope.org.
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