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Lenticular galaxy IC 335 imaged by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope. The galaxy is in front of a backdrop of distant galaxies. IC 335 is 45,000 light-years long and is located in the Fornax Galaxy Cluster, 60 million light-years from Earth. The disc of IC 335 appears edge-on from the vantage point of Earth. Lenticular galaxies are an intermediate state in galaxy morphological classification schemes between true spiral and elliptical galaxies. They have a thin stellar disc and a bulge, like spiral galaxies. In contrast to typical spiral galaxies they have used up most of the interstellar medium and only a few new stars can be created out of the material that is left, with very low star formation rates.
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