Sombrero Galaxy.

You're looking at the combined visible (Hubble Space Telescope) and infrared (Spitzer Space Telescope) pictures of the Sombrero Galaxy [wiki], which was called that because of its resemblance to the broad rim Mexican hat! Link - via Spocko


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A better photo is now available -

http://terpsichore.stsci.edu/~summers/viz/hgast/hgast_imax_sombrero_galaxy_0510_1404x1024.jpg

- and it has been voted the best picture taken by the Hubble telescope (which is saying a lot!).

More info at the Hubble site -

http://hubblesite.org/newscenter/archive/releases/2003/28/image/a

including wallpaper images to fit your computer screen -

http://hubblesite.org/gallery/wallpaper/pr2003028a/

800 BILLION suns in this one galaxy. The mind reels.
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I don't suppose we can build a giant wall around the Milky Way to keep this Sombrero Galaxy from coming over here and steeling our low paying labor jobs and sleeping 12 to a room can we?
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