Surveys of the Southern Galaxy

Proceedings of a Workshop Held at the Leiden Observatory, The Netherlands, August 4–6, 1982

  • W. B. Burton
  • F. P. Israel
Conference proceedings

Part of the Astrophysics and Space Science Library book series (ASSL, volume 105)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Surveys of the Southern Milky Way

    1. B. J. Robinson, W. H. McCutcheon, R. N. Manchester, J. B. Whiteoak
      Pages 1-16
    2. Th. de Graauw, F. P. Israel, C. P. de Vries
      Pages 17-24
    3. J. L. Caswell, R. F. Haynes
      Pages 25-30
    4. L. Hart, I. N. Azcárate, J. C. Cersosimo, F. R. Colomb
      Pages 43-47
    5. E. Bajaja
      Pages 49-54
    6. Philip A. Riley
      Pages 55-58
  3. Gamma-Ray Surveys

  4. Large-Scale Galactic Structure

    1. Frank N. Bash
      Pages 107-112
    2. Leo Blitz
      Pages 117-126
    3. R. N. Manchester, J. B. Whiteoak, B. J. Robinson, Robina E. Otrupcek, C. J. Rennie
      Pages 137-142
    4. Marc L. Kutner
      Pages 143-148

About these proceedings

Introduction

Problems associated with a general scarcity of observations of the southern sky have persisted since the present era of galactic research began some sixty years ago. In his 1930 Halley Lecture A. S. Eddington commented on the observational support given to J. H. Oort's theory of galactic rotation by the stellar radial velocities measured by Plaskett o 0 and Pearce: " . . . out of 250 stars only 4 were between 193 and 343 0 galactic longitude [=£1: 225 < £11 < 15~; a stretch of one-third of the whole circuit was unrepresented by a single star. This is the operation which Kapteyn used to describe as "flying with one wing". By mathematical dexterity the required constants of rotation have been extracted from the lopsided data; but no mathematical dexterity can avert the possi­ bility that the neglected part of the sky may spring an unpleasant sur­ prise. As a spectator I watch the achievements of our monopterous avia­ tors with keen enthusiasm; but I confess to a feeling of nervousness when my turn comes to depend on this mode of progression. " During the past few years substantial gains have been made in securing fundamental data on the southern sky. Interpretations based on combined southern and northern surveys are producing a balanced descrip­ tion of galactic morphology. These matters were discussed at a Workshop held at the Leiden Observatory, August 4-6, 1982, attended by some 60 astronomers from 9 countries.

Keywords

Astrometry Galaxy instruments stars stellar

Editors and affiliations

  • W. B. Burton
    • 1
  • F. P. Israel
    • 2
  1. 1.Sterrewacht LeidenThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Space Science Department, ESTECEuropean Space AgencyNoordwijkThe Netherlands

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-009-7217-9
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1983
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-009-7219-3
  • Online ISBN 978-94-009-7217-9
  • Series Print ISSN 0067-0057
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