Galaxy Fundamentals

What is an irregular galaxy?

An irregular galaxy is a galaxy that does not fit well into the standard categories of elliptical, spiral, or barred spiral galaxies. Two examples of irregular galaxies are the Large Magellanic Cloud and Small Magellanic Cloud, which are visible from Earth’s southern hemisphere. Irregular galaxies can have some spiral or elliptical structure, while also having other kinds of components, such as wispy trails of stars and gas.


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