the Word borders are disappearing from the radar When a person starts doing what he loves. It is the phrase that first occurs to us when we see the work done by the Chilean astronomer Sebastian Campos posts on his social networks.
In the middle of 2022 we saw how he captured the planet Saturn with everything and its rings in a wonderful photo taken with his cell phone. And now, we are once again startled by a stellar event far beyond the boundaries of the solar system.
Sebastian Campos managed to capture the Sombrero galaxy, a star cluster located about 30 million light-years away. The smartphone he used in this great image has been adapted to one of the telescopes he’s in charge of.
In a post he publishes on social networks, he explains that the image shows a classic band of dust crossing the galactic disk in the distant star cluster. Sebastian Campos is the director of the Galileo Observatory located in the Pisco Elqui region of Chile.
Look what I captured with my cell phone! What you see in the picture is the Sombrero Galaxy! And if it takes light 30 million years to reach me. Its classic dust band can be seen crossing the galactic disk.
And if you can visit https://t.co/RuI04MQ1ch pic.twitter.com/EEQIeUO9y0
– Seba Campos (@seba_sirius) April 16, 2023
The Sombrero Galaxy, also known as Messier 104 or NGC 4594, is a spiral galaxy located about 30 million light-years away and located in the constellation Virgo. It derives its name from its distinctive shape, which resembles a top hat or straw hat.
It is one of the brightest and most prominent galaxies in the constellation Virgo, and is known for its dense core and prominent dust lane that runs through its central region. It was discovered by French astronomer Pierre Mechin in 1781 and later cataloged by Charles Messier in his famous catalog of astronomical objects.
This star cluster is interesting to astronomers because of its structure and its role in the study of spiral galaxies in general. Moreover, the Sombrero galaxy contains at its core a supermassive black hole, estimated to be about a billion times the mass of our sun.