Elliptical Galaxies

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    • Elliptical galaxies have smooth, rounded shapes because the orbits of their stars are oriented in all directions. They contain little gas and dust, and no young stars. Like spiral galaxies, elliptical galaxies are surrounded by globular star clusters and dark matter.

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    • Topic: Astronomy

      Subtopic: Galaxies

      Keywords: Astrophysics, Elliptical galaxies, Stars--Clusters, Stars--Orbits, Dark matter (Astronomy)

      Audience: General