elliptical galaxy


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elliptical galaxy

elliptical galaxy

n.
A galaxy with an elliptical shape, containing relatively little gas and dust and having older stellar populations as compared to spiral galaxies.

ellip′tical gal′axy


n.
a galaxy having an elliptical shape. Compare spiral galaxy.
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Yet, despite observing thousands of galaxies, astronomers have only found one close pair of supermassive black holes, separated by 24 light-years in elliptical galaxy 0402+379.
What still puzzles the scientists is the proximity of d1005+68 to the dwarf elliptical galaxy designated BK5N - a satellite of M81.
The newly discovered supersized black hole resides in the center of a massive elliptical galaxy, NGC 1600, located in a cosmic backwater, a small grouping of 20 or so galaxies, said lead discoverer Chung-Pei Ma, a University of California-Berkeley astronomer and head of the MASSIVE Survey, a research project analyzing vast galaxies and supermassive black holes in the universe.
A fully developed elliptical galaxy is a gas-deficient gathering of ancient stars theorized to develop from the inside out, with a compact core marking its beginnings.
The giant elliptical galaxy M87, in contrast, holds thousands.
Caption: The giant elliptical galaxy NGC 5044, seen In this composite image, is filled with cold gas, yet it is not making stars.
Eventually, the duo will settle down to form one super-giant elliptical galaxy.
M105 is a giant elliptical galaxy, the brightest of the M96 Group, and a fairly typical representative of its class.
At a distance of around 12 million light years away, Centaurus A is the closest large elliptical galaxy to our own Milky Way.
Following suspected aliens all the way from the south of England to the remote Scottish island of Skye, Jim, Charlie, and Becky are captured, but manage to escape from a planet in the "Sagittarian Dwarf Elliptical Galaxy," foil a dastardly alien plot, and save the world.
But today, 10 billion years later, it would have grown into a giant elliptical galaxy much more massive than the Milky Way.
Krupp pointed to M87, a fuzzy elliptical galaxy 50 million light years from Earth with a telltale black hole.