What is a galaxy?

Quick explanation

A galaxy is a clump of stars, held together by gravity.

Small galaxies contain millions of stars, while the most massive ones have billions or even trillions of stars.

But stars are only a small part of a galaxy; besides the gas and star dust lying between the stars, galaxies also consist of dark matter.


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