The Andromeda Galaxy is a spiral galaxy approximately 780 kiloparsecs from Earth. Also known as Messier or NGC it is often referred to as the Great Andromeda Nebula in older texts. Distance to Earth: light years!
Sombrero Galaxy is one of the largest in nearby Virgo cluster of galaxies. A dark band of dust obscures the mid-section in optical light but glows brightly in infra-red light; as recorded by the orbiting Spitzer Space Telescope.