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"

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”

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"

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”

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"

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”

Galaxy types. (Credit: via qproject) Mona Evans, "What Is a Galaxy?"

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,"

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”


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