M104, VLA
M104 is a well-known galaxy in the constellation of Virgo. It lies at a distance of 50 million light years and is named after a well-known Mexican hat.

This image was made using a collection of radio telescopes known as the Very Large Array (VLA), situated North America. This telescope makes images using electromagnetic radiation at frequencies slightly different to those you listen to on your radio at home. This works because many astronomical objects give off light across the entire spectrum, from radio at one end, all the way to gamma rays at the other.

This particular image was made by observing a frequency of 1.4 GHz, which is the same as a wavelength of 20 cm, a million times longer than the wavelength of ordinary light.

Image credit: VLA, NRAO