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Glossary term: Galaxy Cluster

Also known as Cluster of Galaxies

Description: A galaxy cluster is a group of galaxies which are gravitationally bound. Our Milky Way is part of a small cluster called the Local Group; it contains two large galaxies, the Milky Way and Andromeda, and many smaller galaxies. There are also larger clusters containing thousands of galaxies. One example is the Virgo Cluster.

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Loose grouping of galaxies with many yellow-ish elliptical galaxies and one priminent spiral galaxy

Fornax Galaxy Cluster

Caption: Galaxies can reside in groups, such as our own local group, or in clusters of galaxies. The Fornax Galaxy Cluster is one of the nearest such large groupings of galaxies. Visible in this image taken by the Very Large Telescope Survey Telescope VST (at the European Southern Observatory in Chile) are elliptical galaxies (without defined structures and in a yellow tint) but also spiral galaxies such as NGC 1365 towards the bottom right. This galaxy in particular is classified as a barred spiral galaxy due to its prominent and well-defined bar. The center of the Fornax Cluster is the giant elliptical galaxy NGC 1399, visible as the largest galaxy on the left of the image.
Credit: ESO. Acknowledgement: Aniello Grado and Luca Limatola credit link
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