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How are galaxies named?

If they have been known for a long time they may have been named for their discoverer (ie. Magellan for the LMC) or the constellation they are in (like Sagittarius). Today, they are usually named with just a number and a catalogue name. For example, the NGC catalogue which has hundreds of galaxies.

November 2000, Karen Masters (more by Karen Masters) (Like this Answer)

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