elliptical galaxy

noun

Definition of elliptical galaxy

: a galaxy that has a generally elliptical shape and that has no apparent internal structure or spiral arms

called also elliptical

— compare spiral galaxy

Examples of elliptical galaxy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In 2019, the EHT announced the first direct image ever taken of a black hole at the center of an elliptical galaxy, Messier 87 (M87), located in the constellation of Virgo some 55 million light-years away. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 12 May 2022 According to the release, the photograph is of the black hole located in Centaurus A, a giant elliptical galaxy that is located 12 million light-years away from our planet. Joshua Hawkins, BGR, 26 Dec. 2021 Just last year, astronomers published the first-ever picture of a black hole and its event horizon, a 7 billion-solar-mass beast at the center of the M87 elliptical galaxy. Chris Impey, CNN, 31 Oct. 2021 The first scenario ever developed that could successfully explain elliptical galaxy formation has also been one of the most resilient. Ethan Siegel, Forbes, 11 May 2021 The black hole in question is a monster 6.5 billion times as massive as the sun, and lies in the center of an enormous elliptical galaxy, Messier 87, about 55 million light-years away in the constellation Virgo. New York Times, 24 Mar. 2021 But this particular cosmic jaunt concerned something special—even disturbing: an abnormally hefty elliptical galaxy dubbed C1-23152. Robin George Andrews, Scientific American, 27 Jan. 2021 Just last year, astronomers published the first-ever picture of a black hole and its event horizon, a 7-billion-solar-mass beast at the center of the M87 elliptical galaxy. Chris Impey, The Conversation, 30 Oct. 2020 The Milky Way is a spiral galaxy, but the researchers believed this one became an elliptical galaxy. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 12 Aug. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of elliptical galaxy

1948, in the meaning defined above

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17 May 2022

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“Elliptical galaxy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/elliptical%20galaxy. Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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