Exploring the World of Galaxies

Part of the Springer Praxis Books book series (PRAXIS)


In this book, we are going to explore the world of the galaxies and, in particular, study their interactions. For most people this is a very unfamiliar world. I mentioned in the Preface that galaxies have a ghostly or ephemeral appearance in small telescopes. Their appearance in our culture is also somewhat insubstantial. Most of us learned in school that the faint fuzzy band of light that can be seen stretching across the sky on summer evenings is a manifestation of the millions of distant stars contained within our own Milky Way galaxy. Some of us are old enough to remember cars or televisions with names like “Galaxie” or “Quasar.” (As far as I know, no company has yet named their product “super-massive black hole,” though I have known some that might be appropriately described that way.) A perusal of the astronomy coffee table books at the local bookstore will reveal many beautiful space telescope images of galaxies and galaxy collisions, including some that I have had the pleasure to work with. Similar images abound in science fiction movies and TV shows.


Dark Matter Rotation Curve Spiral Nebula Tuning Fork Elliptical Galaxy 
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Further Reading

  1. Kanipe, J., and Webb, D., The Arp Atlas of Peculiar Galaxies A Chronicle and Observers Guide, (Richmond, Willmann-Bell Inc.), 2006Google Scholar
  2. Arp, H. C. and Madore, B. F. A Catalogue of Southern Peculiar Galaxies and Associations, Vols. I and II, (Cambridge, Cambridge University Press), 1987Google Scholar
  3. Berendzen, R., Hart, R., and Seeley, D, Man Discovers the Galaxies, (New York, Science History Publications), 1976Google Scholar
  4. Sandage, A., The Hubble Atlas of Galaxies (Washington, Carnegie Institution of Washington), 1961Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Iowa State UniversityAmesUSA

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