Galaxy vs Galactocentric - What's the difference?

galaxy | galactocentric |


As a proper noun galaxy

is (astronomy|dated) the milky way galaxy, from when it was thought the universe (our universe) had only one galaxy.

As an adjective galactocentric is

(astronomy) relative to the centre of the galaxy.

galaxy

English

Noun

(galaxies)
  • * 1633 , John Donne, "Sapho to Philænis":
  • So may thy cheekes red outweare scarlet dye, / And their white, whitenesse of the Galaxie [...].
  • (galaxy) Any of the collections of many millions of stars, galactic dust, black holes, etc. existing as independent and coherent systems, of which there are billions in the known universe.
  • Synonyms

    * (astronomy) G (abbreviation)

    Derived terms

    * active galaxy * dwarf galaxy * elliptical galaxy * extragalactic * galactic * galaxy cluster / cluster of galaxies * galaxy filament / filament of galaxies * galaxy nucleus * galaxy sheet / sheet of galaxies * galaxy wall / wall of galaxies * irregular galaxy * lenticular galaxy * spiral galaxy * whirlpool galaxy

    galactocentric

    English

    Adjective

    (-)
  • (astronomy) Relative to the centre of the galaxy