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Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Astronomy Tuesday

I learned a new word today: flocculent, meaning having or resembling tufts of wool.

NGC 4237 is what's known as a flocculent spiral galaxy, meaning that the spiral arms aren't really distinguishable and so the galaxy looks fluffy, like a dandelion or a ball of cotton wool.

Image Credit: ESA/Hubble and NASA, P. Erwin et al.

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