- Name: Sombrero Galaxy
- Type of Galaxy: Lenticular Galaxy
- Estimated Size: 49,000 light-years (diameter)
- Estimated Stars: ± 700 billion stars
- Distance from Earth: ± 31 million light-years
- Discovered: May 11, 1781
- Discovered by: Pierre Mechain
12 Sombrero Galaxy Facts for Kids
- Sombrero is a lenticular galaxy in our universe.
- The Sombrero Galaxy is also known as M104, Messier 104 and NGC 4594.
- The Sombrero Galaxy got its name by having the same shape and appearance of a Sombrero hat.
- The Sombrero Galaxy was discovered by Pierre Mechain on May 11th, 1781.
- The apparent magnitude of the Sombrero Galaxy is +8.0.
- The Sombrero Galaxy has an estimated diameter of 49,000 light-years.
- The Sombrero Galaxy is around 31 million light-years from Earth.
- Astronomers estimate the Sombrero Galaxy has around 700 billion stars.
- The center of the Sombrero Galaxy has a supermassive black hole.
- In 2009, astronomers discovered an ultracompact dwarf galaxy that is a satellite galaxy of Sombrero.
- You can locate the Sombrero Galaxy at 11.5° west of Spica and 5.5° northeast of Eta Corvi.
- You can view the Sombrero Galaxy using 7×35 binoculars or a 4 inch small telescope.
Sombrero Galaxy Pictures
An infrared photo of the Sombrero Galaxy.
Credit: NASA / ESA
A mosaic photo of the Sombrero Galaxy.
Credit: Patrice Paquette
The heat signatures of the Sombrero Galaxy.
Additional Resources with Sombrero Galaxy Facts
- Messier 104 (The Sombrero Galaxy) – Learn more about the Sombrero Galaxy on the NASA website.
- Sombrero Galaxy: Hidden Double in a Hat – An excellent article about the Sombrero Galaxy on the Space.com website.
- The Sombrero Galaxy – Discover more amazing information and facts about the Sombrero Galaxy on the European Southern Observatory website.