Every so often I find an image so beautiful and thought provoking I want, almost need, to share it. This image of the Sombrero Galaxy taken with the Hubble Space Telescope is one of those images. It is listed as M104, and this image, which is actually a composite of six images, was taken May to June 2003.
The Sombrero Galaxy is visible from the surface of Earth with a small telescope—although nothing so vivid as the Hubble image. It is 28 million light years from Earth, and 50,000 light years across. Its beautiful shimmer is a reminder of the majesty, and magic, of our universe.