irregular galaxy

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irregular galaxy
Messier 82

irregular galaxy

n.
A galaxy that does not have the clearly defined shape and structure of an elliptical, lenticular, or spiral galaxy. Irregular galaxies typically contain large amounts of gas and dust, and their stellar populations are relatively young.
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