Glossary term: Elliptical Galaxy

Description: An elliptical galaxy is a type of galaxy that has a regular, elliptical appearance like a sphere squashed on one or two axes, in contrast to disk galaxies which appear pancake-shaped. It typically contains mostly old stars of yellow-red color. Elliptical galaxies typically have very little gas and very little ongoing star formation compared to spiral galaxies.

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