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Vivek Chari



Location of Photo:

Dallas Outskirts

Date/Time of photo:

March 23, 24, 25, 27 and April 23, 25, 27


Stellarvue SV80 Access (f/5.6), Nikon D5300, Skywatcher EQ6R-Pro, ASI290M, William Optics 50mm guidescope


Far away in the constellation of Virgo lies the Sombrero Galaxy, a nearly edge-on spiral galaxy with a beautiful dust lane that bisects the galaxy. The light of billions of stars surround the galaxy in a halo, creating a very faint glow- possibly the result of ancient collision with another galaxy . At the center of all this resides an supermassive black hole with the mass of a billion suns that glows in all parts of the electromagnetic spectrum. This stunning image combines both very long and short exposures so that detail in the core can be maintained, while simultaneously revealing the diffuse glow emanating from the galaxy's core.


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