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lenticular galaxy

(S0, S0 galaxy)
(disk galaxy that has no spirals)

A lenticular galaxy is a disk galaxy (shaped like a disk) that has no spiral arms, i.e., that is not a spiral galaxy. Their Hubble galaxy classification is S0, and are sometimes referred to as S0 galaxies. They often have a substantial central bulge. Their typical properties are much like elliptical galaxies: substantial cosmic dust, limited star formation, and aging stars.

(galaxy type)
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Referenced by pages:
disk galaxy
elliptical galaxy
galaxy classification
giant elliptical galaxy
Morgan classification
spiral galaxy