Why Do Elliptical Galaxies seem to never have individually identifiable stars?

It seems that the majority of spiral galaxies have individually identifiable stars- anyone know?


Elliptical galaxies are formed of very old, low-mass stars, with very little star formation. What you might identify as stars in spiral galaxies are probably star formation areas or “clumps” where lots of new stars are born. You can’t really see individual stars in other galaxies (at least in the sky survey images) because galaxies consist of tens or hundreds of billions of stars; it would require a tremendous precision from the survey equipment to spot them individually.

For example, the Hubble Space Telescope does have the precision to identify individual stars in nearby galaxies, like Andromeda, Magellanic Clouds, M33, etc.

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Thanks for that @spcgoat