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Astrophysics and Space Science

, Volume 341, Issue 1, pp 3–14 | Cite as

Allan Sandage and the cosmic expansion

  • G. A. Tammann
  • B. Reindl
Original Article

Abstract

This is an account of Allan Sandage’s work on (1) The character of the expansion field. For many years he has been the strongest defender of an expanding Universe. He later explained the CMB dipole by a local velocity of 220±50 km s−1 toward the Virgo cluster and by a bulk motion of the Local supercluster (extending out to ∼3500 km s−1) of 450–500 km s−1 toward an apex at l=275, b=12. Allowing for these streaming velocities he found linear expansion to hold down to local scales (∼300 km s−1). (2) The calibration of the Hubble constant. Probing different methods he finally adopted—from Cepheid-calibrated SNe Ia and from independent RR Lyr-calibrated TRGBs—H 0=62.3±1.3±5.0 km s−1 Mpc−1.

Keywords

Cosmological parameter Distance scale 

Notes

Acknowledgements

A personal note of GAT: I think of Allan Sandage in deep thankfulness. He was my inspiring mentor, he shared his love for astronomy with me, he impressed me with his broad culture, and beyond this he was a friend of profound honesty.

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