The Evolutionary History of the Milky Way

  • K. C. Freeman
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Part of the International Astronomical Union / Union Astronomique Internationale book series (IAUS, volume 171)


The accretion of small satellite galaxies appears to have been important in the formation of the metal-poor halo of the Galaxy. The disrupting Sgr dwarf galaxy and the recent discovery of a young, metal-poor component of the halo indicate that this is a continuing process. The evolution of the galactic disk, and some consequences of the bar-like nature of the galactic bulge are briefly discussed.


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  • K. C. Freeman
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  1. 1.Mount Stromlo and Siding Spring ObservatoriesThe Australian National UniversityCanberraAustralia

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