The Sombrero Galaxy

Discussion in 'Science and Technology' started by Ptrope, Aug 10, 2008.

  1. Ptrope

    Ptrope Agitator Moderator

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    Given the tenor of this board for the last couple months, this may be seen as a joke, but it's not - I just ran across this today, while looking at a collection of Hubble photos online.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sombrero_Galaxy

    It was first discovered in 1767, and appears to have a supermassive black hole (1 billion times the mass of Sol) at its center, among the most massive detected in any nearby galaxy.

    Pretty cool!
     
  2. DontFeedPhil

    DontFeedPhil Fleet Captain

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    Umm someone needs to edit that wiki article to show one of our sombreros in place of that first image. That would be cool. But I suck at photoshop.
     
  3. TerriO

    TerriO Writer-type human Premium Member

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    That wouldn't be a suggestion to vandalize Wikipedia, would it? :vulcan:
     
  4. Samuel T. Cogley

    Samuel T. Cogley Vice Admiral Admiral

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    Hold still, Jim.
    I posted this link in the sombrero thread! I don't know how you could have missed it, what with only a bajillion posts in that thread. :rolleyes:
     
  5. Gep Malakai

    Gep Malakai Vice Admiral Admiral

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    Not only that, but I seem to recall someone Photoshoppping a sombrero onto the Sombrero Galaxy at one point or another....
     
  6. M'Sharak

    M'Sharak Definitely Herbert. Maybe. Moderator

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    Also remembering the Galaxy putting in an appearance in the image seen here (from almost exactly four weeks ago.)

    Yes, there be nerds afoot.

    Edit:

    APOD has also got some very nifty images, such as this multiple-color set. Links to more details and images of M104 may be found here.