M104

There are hundreds of billions of galaxies in the Universe.

The Sombrero Galaxy, officially called M104, has 800 billion suns, is 50,000 light-years across, and is 28 million light-years from Earth.         


We are 8 light-minutes from our own sun (a distance of 93 million miles). This means we see it as it was 8 minutes ago.

The M104 galaxy is 183 thousand million times farther away ...


This link shows the vast relative scales

Here's how it looked to us 28 million years ago: