Astrophysics (index)

Spiral Galaxy

(flat galaxy with spiraling arms)

A Spiral Galaxy is a flat galaxy with spiraling arms. One of three Galaxy classes described by Edwin Hubble along with elliptical galaxies and lenticular galaxies. The Galaxy Classification designations for spiral galaxies are SA or SB followed by a letter, a,b,c or d, indicating how tight are the arms. SB is for Barred, i.e., a Barred Galaxy, a spiral galaxy whose center appears like a Bar between two opposing arms rather than just a circular mass of stars.

Spiral galaxies are generally younger than elliptical galaxies with more interstellar gas and Cosmic Dust, and are generally forming stars.


(galaxy type)

Referenced by:
Comet Galaxy
Cosmic Distance Ladder
Elliptical Galaxy
ESO 137-001
Galaxy Classification
Galaxy Merger
Grand Design Spiral Galaxy
HII Region (HII)
IC 342
Lindblad Torque
Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC)
Messier 100 (M100)
Andromeda (M31)
Triangulum Galaxy (M33)
Whirlpool Galaxy (M51a)
Messier 74 (M74)
Milky Way
NGC 2770
NGC 3314
Scutum-Centaurus Arm
Synthetic Field Method (SFM)
Standard Candle
Tully-Fisher Relation (TFR)