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All About Astronomy
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Our Solar System Stars Glossary Printables, Worksheets, and Activities
The Sun The Planets The Moon Asteroids Kuiper Belt Comets Meteors Astronomers

The Stars
Lifecycle Nuclear Fusion Brightest Stars Galaxies Other Solar Systems Constellations Why Stars Twinkle
Birth Death Star Types Closest Stars Nebulae Major Stars The Zodiac Activities, Links

GALAXIES

Spiral Galaxies Elliptical Galaxies Irregular Galaxies Lenticular Galaxies Active Galaxies Clusters of Galaxies

Elliptical Galaxies

ELLIPTICAL GALAXY
An elliptical galaxy is a galaxy with a smooth, elliptical shape. It is also called an "E" or "E-type" galaxy. They vary greatly in size; the largest galaxies that we can see are elliptical. Unlike spiral galaxies, elliptical galaxies are generally yellow-red in color, do not have spiral arms, and contain little interstellar dust or gas. They are generally found in rich clusters of galaxies.

M87 and M32 are elliptical galaxies




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