protogalaxy

protogalaxy

[proh-toh-gal-uhk-see, proh-toh-gal-]
noun, plural protogalaxies. Astronomy.
the large concentration of gas and dust from which a galaxy is formed.

Origin:
1945–50; proto- + galaxy

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protogalaxy (ˌprəʊtəʊˈɡæləksɪ)
 
n , pl -axies
a cloud of gas in the early stages of its evolution into a galaxy

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protogalaxy

in cosmology, vast cloud of gas that by contraction and condensation becomes a galaxy of stars. In evolutionary ("big-bang") models of creation, protogalaxies appear early in the expansion phase of the universe; in the steady-state model they are slowly but continually forming from newly created matter

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