Comet Iwamoto and the Sombrero Galaxy

On a daily basis NASA releases a different photo or image or video of our expanding universe, along with a professional description by a professional astronomer. NASA calls these images the “Astronomy Picture Of The Day, or APOD for short. Today it was this stunning image “Comet Iwamoto and the Sombrero Galaxy.”
Comet Iwamoto and the Sombrero Galaxy
Comet Iwamoto and the Sombrero Galaxy

“Comet Iwamoto (C/2018 Y1), shows off a pretty, greenish coma at the upper left in this telescopic field of view. Taken on February 4 from the Mount John Observatory, University of Canterbury, the 30 minute long total exposure time shows the comet sweeping quickly across a background of stars and distant galaxies in the constellation Virgo. The long exposure and Iwamoto’s rapid motion relative to the stars and galaxies results in the noticeable blurred streak tracing the the comet’s bright inner coma. In fact, the streaked coma gives the comet a remarkably similar appearance to Messier 104 at lower right, popularly known as the Sombrero Galaxy. The comet, a visitor to the inner Solar System, is a mere 4 light-minutes away though, while majestic Messier 104, a spiral galaxy posing edge-on, is 30 million light-years distant. The first binocular comet of 2019, Iwamoto will pass closest to Earth on February 12. This comet’s highly elliptical orbit around the Sun stretches beyond the Kuiper belt with an estimated 1,371 year orbital period. That should bring it back to the inner Solar System in 3390 AD.”
Image and text provided by NASA
Virgo, sixth astrological sign in the zodiac.
Mount John University Observatory
Mount John University Observatory.
Sombrero Galaxy
Sombrero Galaxy, unbarred spiral galaxy, 28Mly from earth in the constellation Virgo.
Sombrero Galaxy is located in the Virgo constellation . It is located 29300000 light-year from earth.
Solar System
Solar System, planetary system of the Sun.
Earth, third planet from the Sun in the Solar System.