The Little Sombrero Galaxy (NGC 7814)

NGC 7814 is sometimes called the Little Sombrero for its resemblance to the brighter more famous M104, the Sombrero Galaxy. Both Sombrero and Little Sombrero are spiral galaxies seen edge-on, and both have extensive halos and central bulges cut by a thin disk with thinner dust lanes in silhouette. In fact, NGC 7814 is some 40 million light-years away and an estimated 60,000 light-years across. That actually makes the Little Sombrero about the same physical size as its better known namesake, appearing smaller and fainter only because it is farther away.

Close inspection of the central yellow bulge has shown to the scientists that this is made of millions of stars and some of the points of light are actually globular clusters.

I took this image in October 2019 and took it over 8.25 hours. There were 14 images of 20 minutes each of Luminance & 7 images each of 10 minutes of each color.

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