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September 13, 1995
Elliptical Galaxy M87
Telescope photograph by David Malin
Elliptical galaxy M87 is a type of
galaxy that looks much different
than our own
Milky Way Galaxy. But even for an
elliptical galaxy M87 is peculiar.
M87 is much bigger than an average
galaxy, appears at the centre of a whole cluster of galaxies known as the
Virgo Cluster, and shows a very high number of
These globular clusters are visible as faint
spots surrounding the bright centre of M87. In general, elliptical galaxies
contain similar numbers of stars as
spiral galaxies, but are ellipsoidal in
shape (spirals are mostly flat), have no spiral structure, and little
This picture is number sixty on a publicly posted list of
images from the
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