How can you tell the difference between a spiral viewed from an angle and a cigar?
Case in point
by ElisabethB moderator
Hi scrubs2009 and welcome to the Zoo
That is a very good question ! 😄
Here, I'd say it is a disk or spiral seen edge on because of the pointy tips. Thar usually gives it away ! ;D
Happy hunting !
Thanks! Could you also assume that anything in which the center of the galexy is not distorted such as this
is a spiral
while ones where the center is distorted such as this
is a cigar?
I think they're both spirals, or at least disk galaxies. In fact, I think almost all objects which are as 'out of round' as the second one are disk galaxies, viewed at a highly inclined angle, rather than ellipticals.
Hope this helps, and happy hunting! 😃