Not Always in a Galaxy Far, Far Away

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In the world of galaxies, Chicken Little is not necessarily an extreme personality, because the sky is always falling. We will examine the “always” part of this statement in the next chapter when we consider the role of galaxy collisions through cosmic history. In this chapter we consider our own “sky”, that is, the Milky Way (MW in this chapter) and its immediate environs.


Local Group Globular Cluster Proper Motion Dwarf Galaxy Magellanic Cloud 
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Further Reading

  1. Binney, J., and Merrifeld, M., Galactic Astronomy, (Princeton: Princeton University Press), 1998.Google Scholar
  2. Bok, J.B., and Bok, P.F., The Milky Way, (Cambridge: Harvard University Press) 1981.Google Scholar
  3. Henbest, N., The Guide to the Galaxy, (New York: Cambridge University Press) 1994.Google Scholar
  4. Hodge, P.W., Skelton, B.P., and Ashizawa, J., An Atlas of Local Group Galaxies, (Boston: Kluwer Academic Publishers) 2002.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Iowa State UniversityAmesUSA

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