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

Sombrero Galaxy surrounded by globular clusters. (Credit: Rolf Wahl Olsen) A globular cluster is a group of stars closely bound together by gravity. They orbit the cores of galaxies. The Sombrero may have 1900 of them. ©Mona Evans, “What Is a Galaxy” http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art179279.asp

Milky Way Galaxy face on. It shows the galactic bulge, labels the spiral arms, and locates the Sun. [Credit: NASA/CXC/M.Weiss)] Mona Evans, "Milky Way - Our Galaxy" http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art179853.asp

Artist impression of the Milky Way. (Image credit: NASA) This is what we think the Milky way would look like if we could see it face-on. There is a central bar and tightly-wound spiral arms. ©Mona Evans, “What Is a Galaxy” http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art179279.asp

Spiral galaxy M58. An infrared image taken by the Spitzer Space Telescope (SST). (Credit: SST/NASA/JPL) It's one of the brightest objects in the Virgo Cluster. Mona Evans, "Virgo the Maiden" http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art183332.asp

The Whirlpool Galaxy (M51). Winner of the Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2012 and the Deep Space category. Besides M51 there is also a small companion galaxy with which it's interacting. (Image credit: Martin Pugh) Mona Evans, “What Is a Galaxy” http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art179279.asp

Galaxy types. (Credit: via qproject) Mona Evans, "What Is a Galaxy?" http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art179279.asp

M77, a Seyfert Galaxy with an active black hole in its nucleus. It's located nearly sixty million light years away. in the constellation Cetus. ©Mona Evans, "Cetus the Sea Monster," http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art178756.asp

Hanny's Voorwerp. Image produced from high resolution data from the Hubble Space Telescope. The small yellow area on the voorwerp is a region of star formation. [Image credit: Credit: NASA, ESA, W. Keel (Univ. Alabama), et al., Galaxy Zoo Team] ©Mona Evans, “What Is Hanny's Voorwerp” http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art43286.asp

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