|Interesting Facts about the Sombrero Galaxy, the Shining Ring Galaxy|
As you know, our solar system is part of a large galaxy called the Milky Way. Out there, there are hundreds of other galaxies close to Earth. One of the most famous is the Andromeda galaxy but we're not going to talk about Andromeda galaxy. This time I will explore Interesting Facts about the Sombrero Galaxy, the Shining Ring Galaxy.
Has anyone ever heard the name of the Sombrero galaxy? The Galaxy name is the same as the hat name. Does that look like a sombrero hat? So what is the Sombrero galaxy? Who discovered it and what is unique about this galaxy?
The Sombrero Galaxy, the “Home” of the Supermassive Black Hole
The Sombrero Galaxy is one of the most beautiful galaxies ever. The shape is flat with bright light around the edges. This light is formed from the core of the star that combines with thick dust, forming a beautiful ring circle. Scientists have taken photos of the Sombrero galaxy through the Hubble Telescope.
This galaxy was first discovered by the French astronomer Pierre Méchain. Although beautiful, the Sombrero galaxy is very dangerous. How come?
The center of this Sombrero galaxy is a supermassive black hole! This can be seen from the pattern of movement of the stars in this galaxy. According to researchers, the mass of this black hole is similar to the mass of our sun. So far, the black hole in the Sombrero galaxy is the largest black hole ever discovered by humans.
Why is it called the Sombrero?
I'm sure, you must be familiar with the word "Sombrero" right? Sombrero is the name of a typical Mexican hat and is shaped like a very large flat circle.
If you look at the photo of the Sombrero galaxy, it is very similar to the shape of the Sombrero's hat. That is the reason why this galaxy is named the Sombrero galaxy. But just so you know, the Sombrero Galaxy also has a scientific name, Messier 104 or M104.
The Sombrero Galaxy, The Most Luminous Galaxy
The Sombrero Galaxy is part of the constellation Virgo which is tens of millions of light years from Earth. Now try to imagine, if 1 light year is equal to 9.5 trillion kilometers, this Sombrero galaxy must be super duper far from Earth and our galaxy.
But why are our scientists able to find, even photograph the Sombrero galaxy? This is because the Sombrero galaxy is the brightest galaxy in the universe. Scientists say there is no need to use sophisticated telescopes if you want to see this galaxy. Just using an ordinary telescope, the Sombrero Galaxy can be seen easily because of its brightness.
In fact, when the sky is completely dark, you can see the Sombrero galaxy using a regular telescope! The Sombrero Galaxy can be easily seen from Earth in the spring and early summer.
Trillions of Bright Stars Burn
Until now, the Sombrero galaxy and its contents are still being studied by scientists. They used the Spitzer Space Telescope and the Hubble Space Telescope to study this unique galaxy.
From one of his discoveries, scientists estimate the Sombrero galaxy has hundreds of trillions of bright stars. Want to know the amount?
Everyone on Earth can have at least 100 stars in the Sombrero galaxy. Well, if there are 7 billion people on Earth, multiply it. Surely you will imagine why the Sombrero galaxy can be so bright?
Humanity does not know how big the universe is, and they are still trying to unravel all the mysteries within it. One of them is by discovering other galaxies with all the technological sophistication it has.
What do you think yourself? Will mankind be able to solve all the mysteries that exist? Every new astronomical discovery is worth the wait. Examples such as the first black hole photo that was published recently. This is one proof that black holes are not just a theory but actually exist.
Well, those are some Interesting Facts about the Sombrero Galaxy, the Shining Ring Galaxy that I can summarize for all of you.