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Star Streams

  • Pieter C. van der Kruit
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Part of the Astrophysics and Space Science Library book series (ASSL, volume 416)

Abstract

Nova Persei of 1901 seemed to have filaments expanding at very high speed. Kapteyn suggested it occurred at the speed of light; his principle still holds but nowadays we know that the apparent expansion is even superluminal (faster than light). In 1902 Kapteyn discovered that his assumption of no preferred motion of stars in space was incorrect, and that there are two ‘Star Streams’ in opposite directions. He first presented his findings at the World’s Fair in St. Louis in 1904, where Newcomb had arranged for him to give an invited lecture at an astronomical congress. His exposure to the English-speaking world and the fact that he met many American astronomers, in particular George Ellery Hale, was to have a profound effect on his further career.

Keywords

Absolute Magnitude White Dwarf Proper Motion Apparent Magnitude Faint Star 
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Chapter  9. Star Streams

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Pieter C. van der Kruit
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  1. 1.Kapteyn Astronomical InstituteUniversity of GroningenGroningenThe Netherlands

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