Sombrero Galaxy (M104, NGC4594) is a spiral galaxy object of interest in space. It lies at a distance of 28,700-30,900 kly light years away in the constellation of Virgo.
It is referred to as M(104) when it was catalogued by Charles Messier in 18th - 19th Century France. It is also referred to as NGC(4594) in the New General Catalogue. This is a list of deep space objects that was compiled by John Louis Emil Dreyer in 1888 in an update to John Herschel earlier catalogue.
The Spiral Galaxy's location is 12:40.0 (R.A.) and -11:37 (Dec.). Its Visual (Apparent) Brightness is 9.00 Magnitude with an apparent dimension of 9x4 . The object can not be seen by the naked eye, you need a telescope to see it.
Sombrero Galaxy (M104, NGC4594) has a radius of 25,000 light years or to put it another way, it has a diameter of 50,000 light years. It would take a space ship 50,000 years travelling at the speed of light to get from one side to the other.
Sombrero galaxy (M104,NGC4594) is a spiral galaxy. It was discovered in 1781 by Charles Messier. It's location is RA(12:40.0), Dec(-11:37) and its distance is calculated 28.700-30.900 light years away. Its visual Brightness is 8.0. Its apparent dimensions measured in arcmins is 9x4.
The site assumes that you are viewing from London in the Northern Hemisphere and from Sydney in the Southern Hemisphere and are looking at the sky about 9 p.m. If you are looking at another time or location, you will need to adjust for your location.
The Sombrero Galaxy is located on the borders of Virgo and Corvus the crow. I've put the nearest star as being Eta Corvi rather than a star that is within the Virgo constellation. There is not much in it between which star is the nearest.
The best time to see it is from April when it is on the horizon at 9 p.m. For viewing earlier in the year, you need to look up at the sky later than 9 p.m. It will stay just above the horizon until mid/late august when although the constellation is still there, the Sombrero Galaxy will no longer be visible.
The Sombrero Galaxy is visible in the night sky from March in a East-South East direction. It should be visible in the night sky until about middle of August in which to see it. The galaxy will appear before and disappear before Virgo appears and disappears.
It will appear on the horizon in March time in an easterly direction. Over the following months, it will rise to its highest point in May/June and then head back down and eventually disappearing in August.
|Name||Sombrero Galaxy (M104, NGC4594)|
|Distance (Lt.Yr)||28,700-30,900 kly|
|Visual / Apparent Magnitude||9.00|
|Naked Eye Visible||Requires a 7x50 Binoculars - Magnitudes|
|Year of Discovery||1781|
|Copright||N.A.S.A, Hubble Site|
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