M104 Galaxy in Infrared Light

xantox, 23 January 2007 in Gallery

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Infrared-light composite filtered image of M104 Galaxy taken by Spitzer Space Telescope in june 2004. Galaxy M104 (”Sombrero galaxy”) is located in the Virgo cluster, at a distance of about 30 million light-years. Its giant ring of dust spans over 50000 light years. It is believed that a supermassive black hole of a billion solar masses is located at its center.

M104 Galaxy in infrared light © NASA
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  1. © NASA/JPL-Caltech/R. Kennicutt (University of Arizona), and the SINGS Team []

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2 Comments to “M104 Galaxy in Infrared Light”

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  1. 1

    i assume that this image is taken in IR. So how does those colours come?

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    It is a composite image obtained with four snapshots, each taken with a different IR filter at different wavelength.

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