Mostly Mute Monday: The Cosmic Sombrero“Despite having many properties typical to spiral galaxies, including arms and prominent dust lanes, its elliptical, bulge-like component actually extends much farther than the spiral part, containing both more mass and more stars than the disk, with double the stars our own galaxy possesses. In addition, the Sombrero contains over 1,000 globulars and a billion solar mass black hole, both properties normally exclusive to ellipticals.However, the elliptical component can be removed with advanced image processing… revealing that the Sombrero galaxy does, indeed, have all the properties of a spiral galaxy as well.”Galaxies are everywhere we look in the Universe, clustered together in groups and separated by voids. It stands to reason that if we look beyond the local group, one of those galaxies would have to be the brightest. But the one that is turns out to be most unusual. Come take in a myriad of its view on Mostly Mute Monday!