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Spartak
11-05-2005, 14:11:02
http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/image/0505/sombrero_spitzer.jpgThis floating ring is the size of a galaxy. In fact, it is part of the photogenic Sombrero Galaxy, one of the largest galaxies in the nearby Virgo Cluster of Galaxies. The dark band of dust that obscures the mid-section of the Sombrero Galaxy in optical light actually glows brightly in infrared light. The above image shows the infrared glow, recently recorded by the orbiting Spitzer Space Telescope, superposed in false-color on an existing image taken by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope in optical light. The Sombrero Galaxy, also known as M104, spans about 50,000 light years across and lies 28 million light years away. M104 can be seen with a small telescope in the direction of the constellation of Virgo. APOD (http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/astropix.html)

Drekkus
11-05-2005, 14:12:51
The speedy gonsales galaxy.

mr.G
11-05-2005, 14:13:32
or the caraco-galaxie

Venom
11-05-2005, 14:16:59
Wow the universe sure looks cool when you photoshop it.

Spartak
11-05-2005, 14:27:42
Yep.