- Common Name: Lenticular galaxy
- Hubble Sequence Class: Lenticular
- Denotes: S0 and SB0
- Appearance Characteristics: Large Scale Disc, No Spiral Arms
- Example Galaxies: Sombrero and Cartwheel
10 Lenticular Galaxy Facts for Kids
- A lenticular galaxy is a type of galaxy on the Hubble sequence classification scheme.
- Lenticular galaxies are also referred to as armless-spirals and armless-disc galaxies.
- There are two main types of lenticular galaxies, and they are S0 and SB0.
- A lenticular galaxy will have either used up or lost most of its interstellar matter (dust and gas), which will reduce or prevent the formation of stars.
- Most lenticular galaxies are very old and have stars that are far down the stellar evolution process.
- A lenticular galaxy has a large disc, but no spiral arms.
- An example of a S lenticular galaxy is the Cartwheel Galaxy, also known as ESO 350-40 and PGC 2248.
- An example of a Sb lenticular galaxy is NGC 2787.
- An example of a Sa lenticular galaxy is Messier 85, also known as NGC 4382.
- A possible example of a S0 lenticular galaxy is Messier 86, also known as NGC 4406.
Lenticular Galaxy Pictures
Additional Resources with Lenticular Galaxy Facts
- Galaxy Types and Classifications – Learn about the different types of galaxies, like the lenticular galaxy on the Cornell website.
- The Origin of Lenticular Galaxies – An amazing article by Sidney Van Den Bergh about lenticular galaxies on the Harvard website.
- Lenticular Galaxy – Wikipedia – Learn about lenticular galaxies in our universe on the Wikipedia website.