Small sombrero for Hubble

(ORDO NEWS) — NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has enabled astronomers to view galaxies of all shapes and sizes from virtually any angle.

When the galaxy is seen from the edge, the mesmerizing perspective reveals a dazzling slice of the universe. Little Sombrero, also known as NGC 7814 or Caldwell 43, is one such galaxy.

Against the backdrop of more distant galaxies, Sombrero Minor stands out with its bright central bulge, a thin disk full of dust, and a glowing halo of gas and stars that stretches out into space.

It is about 40 million light-years from Earth, 80,000 light-years across, and billions of years old.

The dusty spiral is named after the grander Sombrero galaxy, which resembles a wide-brimmed Mexican hat. The Sombrero Galaxy is only 28 million light-years away and looks larger than the Little Sombrero.

They’re actually almost the same size, but the Sombrero looks bigger because it’s closer.

This image of the Little Sombrero is a combination of visible and infrared images taken by the Hubble Advanced Camera in 2006.

The observations were made to help astronomers study the galaxy’s stellar population and shed light on the evolution of this galaxy and others like it.


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