Picture of the Day: Telescopes Combine to Turn a Hat into a Bulls-Eye

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When observed in visible light, Messier 104 looks flat and brim-like. That flatness, in fact, is the source of its nickname the Sombrero galaxy. But when augmented with an image from the infrared-seeing Spitzer Space Telescope, the huge rim gains a few extra layers and comes to resemble a bulls-eye. That composite image is above.

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