About 50,000 light-years across and 28 million light-years away, M104 is one of the largest galaxies at the southern edge of the Virgo Galaxy Cluster
Dark shapes with bright edges winging their way through dusty NGC 6188 are tens of light-years long. The emission nebula is found near the edge of an otherwise dark large molecular cloud in the southern constellation Ara, about 4,000 light-years away.
Makes me go WOW!
Wow. M104 is gorgeous. I hope somewhere out there, there's another galaxy that has as pretty a view of ours....
Time and distance in the vast reaches of light-years seem to blurr and blend in a very surreal spectrum of great beauty.
M104 is commonly known as the Sombrero Galaxy, for obvious reasons.