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Irregular Galaxies

Irregular galaxies_HERO AMNH/D. Finnin

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Irregular galaxies have a chaotic appearance, and are usually small. Their irregular shapes are probably due to recent disturbances — either bursts of internal star formation, or gravitational encounters with external galaxies.

For Educators

Topic: Astronomy

Subtopic: Galaxies

Keywords: Astrophysics, Galaxies, Gravity, Stars--Formation

Audience: General