The Sombrero Galaxy is one of the most unusual looking barred spiral galaxies visible from Earth. Its bright nucleus, large central bulge and spiral arms threaded through with a thick dust lane make it look a little like a hat from Mexico.
The dust lane is a ring that circles the bulge of the galaxy, and it is rich with gas, dust, and hydrogen gas. Because it has all the elements needed for star formation, it’s not surprising that astronomers have found many sites of star formation inside.
The Sombrero Galaxy may not be part of a formal galaxy group, but could be a member of a string of galaxies that extends away from the Virgo Cluster. As many as 2,000 globular clusters swarm around the core of the Sombrero Galaxy, and the number could be related to the size of the central bulge. Sombrero Galaxy is a beautiful galaxy – a world so far away that we can possibly never reach it. At least we cannot reach it any time soon. We don’t know what is hidden in future. If intergalactic travel as shown in movies become a reality, our future generations might think of intergalactic holidays. Are we talking nonsense? May be! Anyway, let us get back to ‘now’. In this article we are going to learn 20 interesting Sombrero Galaxy facts. May be you have heard of the name before, may be you haven’t… anyway, it is time to take a look at it now.