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Sombrero Galaxy

Sombrero Galaxy, M104, NGC 4594


An edge-on spiral galaxy


The galaxy is in the constellation Virgo in the Northern Hemisphere.

Distance from Earth 28 million light-years

28 million light-years


50,000 light-years across

The Sombrero Galaxy has 2,000 globular clusters, compact groups of 100,000 to a million stars.

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"Fast Facts: Sombrero Galaxy" is a table that lists the name, description, location, size, and distance of the galaxy from Earth. A picture of the galaxy is included.

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How to use in the classroom

Use this resource as:

A source of information. Read the table to find out about this object.

A mapping activity. Locate the galaxy's associated constellation on a star map.

A large-number recognition activity. Have students study this table and other galaxy Fast Fact tables.  Students can order objects based upon their distances from Earth.

An inquiry tool. Have students write down questions they would like answered about the image and the information in the Fast Facts table.

An engagement tool. Involve students in a discussion.

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