supergiant elliptical

supergiant elliptical

() Another name for cD galaxy. See clusters of galaxies; galaxies.
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Perhaps the most famous supergiant elliptical galaxy of all is M87, lying near the center of the Virgo Cluster.
The bright, supergiant elliptical galaxy has a black hole weighing more than 6 billion suns.
Toward the cluster's center, the irregular structure relates to two supergiant elliptical galaxies dominating the region, NGC 4889 and NGC 4874.