Space Station View of the Full Moon : Expedition 48 Commander Jeff Williams of NASA took this photograph on June 21, 2016, from the International Space Station, writing, A spectacular rise of the full moon just before sunset while flying over western China.


The SOMBRERO GALAXY is an unbarred spiral galaxy in the Virgo constellation. It is located 28 million light years from Earth.

It has a very bright nucleus and an unusually large bulge. The nucleus of a galaxy is located in the center, and the bulge is the “halo” of material/stars that are found around the nucleus. The shape of the bulge and the nucleus give the appearance of a sombrero.

There is a supermassive black hole located in the nucleus of this galaxy. Looking at the measured nearby galaxies, the Sombrero Galaxy has the largest black hole at its center. It is said that the mass of the black hole is 1 billion times the mass of the Sun.

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