Behold the eerie infrared glow of the Sombrero Galaxy

This gorgeous infrared image offers a colorful spin on this famous Hubble image of the Sombrero Galaxy. It's actually a spiral galaxy much like the Milky Way...even if it looks more like a giant floating ring than anything else.

NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope provided the infrared data for this image, which builds on the existing optical image from Hubble. The dense, reddish outer ring of dust catches the eye competes for attention with the bright infrared glow emanating from the center of the galaxy. That glow is so bright, in fact, that it largely overwhelms the dense central bulge that earned the Sombrero Galaxy its nickname in the first place. For more on this image, check out NASA's Astronomy Picture of the Day Site.