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The galactic halo is an extended, roughly spherical component[1] of a galaxy which extends beyond the main, visible component. Several distinct components of galaxies comprise the halo:

The distinction between the halo and the main body of the galaxy is clearest in spiral galaxies, where the spherical shape of the halo contrasts with the flat disc. In an elliptical galaxy, there is no sharp transition between the body of the galaxy and the halo.

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