elliptical galaxy


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elliptical galaxy

(i-lip -tă-kăl) See galaxies; Hubble classification.

elliptical galaxy

[ə′lip·tə·kəl ′gal·ik·sē]
(astronomy)
A galaxy whose overall shape ranges from a spheroid to an ellipsoid, without any noticeable structural features. Also known as E galaxy; spheroidal galaxy.
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It is likely that this frenzy eventually will slow to a stop, and that over the next 10 billion years other smaller galaxies may merge with Sparky, causing it to expand and become a mammoth, sedate elliptical galaxy.
Moving 1[degrees]20' North, we come to another bright group member, the elliptical galaxy NGC 3377 (mag 10.
The Sagittarius Dwarf Elliptical Galaxy (SagDEG) is one satellite galaxy interacting with the Milky Way.
The halo was found at the centre of the elliptical galaxy NGC 7052 in the distant constellation of Vulpecula.
While ram-pressure stripping may produce lenticular galaxies in massive clusters, it cannot satisfactorily explain why every cluster, big or small, contains an ancient, red elliptical galaxy at its hub.
While the galaxy's outskirts appear smooth and featureless, a classic feature of an elliptical galaxy, its center displays remarkable dust lanes constrained within two symmetric spiral arms, which emerge from the galaxy's glowing core - one of the obvious features of a spiral galaxy," the European Space Agency (ESA) said in a (https://www.
The collision that presumably forms an elliptical galaxy disrupts gas in the merging galaxies and provides "fuel" for the disk and acceleration mechanism.
6 billion years ago, this monster elliptical galaxy breaks the previous record-holder by 200 million years.
At the center of the cluster is a large elliptical galaxy containing the supermassive black hole.
An international team of researchers noticed just such a disturbance in the bright halo (shown) created by the supermassive elliptical galaxy JVAS B1938+666 as it warps the view of a more distant galaxy.
Other topics include pulsar wind nebulae, absolute magnitude calibrations for the long period Cepheids, elliptical galaxy formation, extragalactic globular clusters, diffuse atomic and molecular clouds, and the first results from the Spitzer Space Telescope.