Glossary term: Lenticular Galaxy

Description: The word lenticular is used to describe objects that have a lens shape. Lenticular (S0 or SB0) galaxies have observational features of both spiral and elliptical galaxies. Lenticular galaxies appear to have a disk and central bulge similar to spiral galaxies but no noticeable spiral arms; they also primarily also contain very old stars, like those that dominate in elliptical galaxies. The formation process of lenticular galaxies is still a subject of research; however, there is some evidence that they result from the interaction between galaxies.

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