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galaxy classification

(Hubble sequence)
(morphological classification of galaxies)

The commonly-used galaxy classification indicates a galaxy's morphology, i.e., shape. Edwin Hubble developed the basic classification still used, the Hubble types, known collectively as the Hubble sequence:

(The term disk galaxy for a disk-like shape includes the above spiral and lenticular galaxies.) More recent developments, generally indicated by a suffix or prefix, add more detail, often distinguishing galaxies formerly classified as "irregular". For example, the classification "SBm" is based upon the Large Magellanic Cloud's form, which does have characteristics associated with the classic barred spiral. In the less-developed system, the LMC falls under "irregular".


Referenced by:
elliptical galaxy
Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC)
Morgan classification
N galaxy
NGC 1600
Spindle Galaxy (NGC 5866)
NGC 6946
PCA analysis
Small Magellanic Cloud (SMC)
spiral galaxy
3C 273
3C 295
3C 48
Ursa Major II Dwarf