© 1985

The Milky Way Galaxy

Proceedings of the 106th Symposium of the International Astronomical Union Held in Groningen, The Netherlands 30 May – 3 June, 1983

  • Hugo Van Woerden
  • Ronald J. Allen
  • W. Butler Burton
Conference proceedings

Part of the International Astronomical Union book series (IAUS, volume 106)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiv
  2. Coloured Illustrations

    1. Hugo Van Woerden, Ronald J. Allen, W. Butler Burton
      Pages 1-8
  3. History of Galactic Research

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 9-10
    2. E. R. Paul
      Pages 25-42
  4. Composition, Structure and Kinematics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 71-74
    2. Galactic Constants, Rotation and Mass Distribution

      1. Maarten Schmidt
        Pages 75-84
      2. U. Haud, M. Jôeveer, J. Einasto
        Pages 85-94
      3. W. L. H. Shuter, A. Gill
        Pages 109-110
    3. The Stellar Component

      1. K. C. Freeman
        Pages 113-122
      2. R. M. Catchpole, P. A. Whitelock, I. S. Glass
        Pages 127-128
      3. R. A. Ruelas-Mayorga, A. R. Hyland, T. J. Jones
        Pages 129-130

About these proceedings


In June 1983 the Astronomical Institute of the State University of Groningen, founded by Kapteyn about 100 years ago, celebrated its one-hundredth anniversary. At the suggestion of its Chairman, R.J. Allen, the Kapteyn Institute invited the International Astronomical Union to mark the centenary by holding a Symposium on "The Milky Way Galaxy". The purpose of the Symposium was to review recent progress in the study of our Galaxy, to define current problems, and to explore prospects for future development. The Symposium programme would emphasize the large-scale characteristics of our Galaxy, and highlight both the historical development of our understanding of the Milky Way Galaxy and the importance of studies of external galaxies to this understanding. The Symposium was sponsored by four IAU Commissions: 33 (Structure and Dynamics of the Galactic System), 28 (Galaxies), 34 (Interstellar Matter) and 41 (History of Astronomy). The Scientific Organizing Committee, listed on page xviii, represented a broad range of nationalities and of expertise, including two historians of science. A meeting of the Committee, held during the IAU General Assembly at Patras, provided an excellent opportunity to discuss plan and format of the Symposium, topics and speakers; thereafter, the-Committee was regularly consulted by letter and telephone. IAU Symposium 106 was held at Groningen on 30 May - 3 June 1983, in the new building occupied by the Kapteyn Institute since January 1983. There were about 200 participants, coming from as many as 25 countries.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Hugo Van Woerden
    • 1
  • Ronald J. Allen
    • 1
  • W. Butler Burton
    • 2
  1. 1.Kapteyn InstituteGroningenThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Sterrewacht LeidenThe Netherlands

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title The Milky Way Galaxy
  • Book Subtitle Proceedings of the 106th Symposium of the International Astronomical Union Held in Groningen, The Netherlands 30 May – 3 June, 1983
  • Editors Hugo van Woerden
    Ronald J. Allen
    W.B. Burton
  • Series Title International Astronomical Union
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1985
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-90-277-1919-5
  • Softcover ISBN 978-90-277-1920-1
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-009-5291-1
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages , 676
  • Number of Illustrations 118 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Astronomy, Observations and Techniques
  • Buy this book on publisher's site
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