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Messier 104
Messier 104 Sombrero Galaxy
Credit: NASA, ESA

M104 (NGC 4594) - Sombrero Galaxy

Messier 104 (NGC 4594), also known as the Sombrero Galaxy, is a spiral galaxy located in the constellation Virgo in the M104 Group of galaxies. M104 is 31,000,000 light years away from Earth.

M104 is best viewed during late spring, is magnitude 8.9, and can be viewed with binoculars. M104 is 9' x 4' in apparent size. For reference, the full moon is 30' (arc minutes) in size.

      1. Name:
      2. Sombrero Galaxy
      1. Type:
      2. spiral galaxy
      1. NGC or IC:
      2. NGC 4594
      1. Magnitude:
      2. 8.9
      1. Viewing:
      2. binoculars
      1. Size:
      2. 9' x 4'
      1. Distance (light years):
      2. 31,000,000 LY
      1. RA:
      2. 12h 39.9m
      1. Dec:
      2. -11 37'
      1. Season:
      2. late spring
      1. Galaxy group:
      2. M104 Group

    * The naked eye can see up to magnitude 8 objects under ideal dark sky conditions.