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    Sombrero Galaxy (M104). The Sombrero galaxy got its name from its bright bulge and well defined spiral arms. The two resemble a sombrero when looked at from far away. It's located in the constellation Virgo. (Image credit: Maurice Wright) Mona Evans, "Virgo the Maiden" http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art183332.asp

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