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The Milky Way

  • Hannu Karttunen
  • Pekka Kröger
  • Heikki Oja
  • Markku Poutanen
  • Karl Johan Donner

Abstract

On clear, moonless nights, a nebulous band of light can be seen stretching across the sky. This is the Milky Way (Fig. 18.1). The name is used both for the phenomenon in the sky and for the large stellar system causing it. The Milky Way system is also called the Galaxy — with a capital letter. The general term galaxy is used to refer to the countless stellar systems more or less like our Milky Way.

Keywords

Radial Velocity Globular Cluster Proper Motion Rotation Curve Galactic Centre 
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References

  1. Bok, B. & P. (1982): The Milky Way, 5th ed. (Harvard University Press, Cambridge, MA)Google Scholar
  2. Mihalas, D., Binney, J. (1981): Galactic Astronomy (Freeman, San Francisco)Google Scholar
  3. Scheffler, H., Elsässer, H. (1988): Physics of the Galaxy and the Interstellar Matter (Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg)Google Scholar

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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1994

Authors and Affiliations

  • Hannu Karttunen
    • 1
  • Pekka Kröger
    • 2
  • Heikki Oja
    • 3
  • Markku Poutanen
    • 4
  • Karl Johan Donner
    • 3
  1. 1.Center for Scientific Computing Ltd.EspooFinland
  2. 2.HelsinkiFinland
  3. 3.ObservatoryUniversity of HelsinkiFinland
  4. 4.Finnish Geodetic InstituteHelsinkiFinland

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