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Observe the Sombrero galaxy

The border of Virgo and Corvus holds a couple of neat treats.
RELATED TOPICS: OBSERVING | GALAXIES
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The May evening sky is packed with galaxies no matter which way you look. Many are clumped in a wide expanse of northern Virgo and southern Coma Berenices, appropriately named the Coma-Virgo Realm of Galaxies. The latest estimates count between 1,300 and 2,000 separate systems lying an average of 54 million light-years away.

The Realm also contains many stragglers scattered around its central core. This month, we head toward the Realm’s southern extreme, to meet one of its brightest and most photogenic members: M104, the famous Sombrero Galaxy.

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