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.
In the future, NGC 5010 will become an elliptical galaxy, with no defined features and are spherical in shape.
Moving 1[degrees]20' North, we come to another bright group member, the elliptical galaxy NGC 3377 (mag 10.
Krupp pointed to M87, a fuzzy elliptical galaxy 50 million light years from Earth with a telltale black hole.
The data shows correlations between the black hole mass and the elliptical galaxy mass or globular cluster mass.
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.
6 billion years ago, this monster elliptical galaxy breaks the previous record-holder by 200 million years.
Keck Observatory in Hawaii, Tran spotted a strong detection of hot hydrogen gas that appeared to arise from a giant elliptical galaxy.
Because of fortuitous alignment, the distortion of space-time by the gravitational field of a giant elliptical galaxy along the line of sight to the quasar acts as a gravitational lens that magnifies the light from the quasar.
The bright, supergiant elliptical galaxy has a black hole weighing more than 6 billion suns.
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.