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

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Taken together, these observations revealed a blazar – a giant elliptical galaxy with a spinning supermassive black hole at its core. Author: Sarah Kaplan, Anchorage Daily News, "In a cosmic first, scientists detect ‘ghost particles’ from a distant galaxy," 12 July 2018 Taken together, these observations revealed a blazar - a giant elliptical galaxy with a spinning supermassive black hole at its core. Sarah Kaplan, chicagotribune.com, "In a cosmic first, scientists detect 'ghost particles' from a distant galaxy," 12 July 2018 For example, astrophysicists believed that when two delicate disk galaxies like our Milky Way collide and merge, the process would wad them up into a single blobby elliptical galaxy. Adrian Cho, Science | AAAS, "Galaxy simulations are at last matching reality—and producing surprising insights into cosmic evolution," 30 May 2018 Thirteen million light years away, a handful of relatively small galaxies revolve in a disk around the larger elliptical galaxy Centaurus A. There's nothing unusual about a collection of small galaxies orbiting a large one. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "New observations of galaxies challenge the standard cosmological model," 1 Feb. 2018 In 2009, a combination of optical and radio telescope observations produced this image of a spiral galaxy and an elliptical galaxy gradually becoming one, 13 million light years from Earth. TIME.com, "The human species is ever-changing and with it our view of the universe.," 25 Oct. 2017

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1948, in the meaning defined above

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