Galactic Encounters

Our Majestic and Evolving Star-System, From the Big Bang to Time’s End

  • William Sheehan
  • Christopher J. Conselice

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. William Sheehan, Christopher J. Conselice
    Pages 1-13
  3. William Sheehan, Christopher J. Conselice
    Pages 14-27
  4. William Sheehan, Christopher J. Conselice
    Pages 28-53
  5. William Sheehan, Christopher J. Conselice
    Pages 54-78
  6. William Sheehan, Christopher J. Conselice
    Pages 79-98
  7. William Sheehan, Christopher J. Conselice
    Pages 99-113
  8. William Sheehan, Christopher J. Conselice
    Pages 114-144
  9. William Sheehan, Christopher J. Conselice
    Pages 145-173
  10. William Sheehan, Christopher J. Conselice
    Pages 174-204
  11. William Sheehan, Christopher J. Conselice
    Pages 205-232
  12. William Sheehan, Christopher J. Conselice
    Pages 233-263
  13. William Sheehan, Christopher J. Conselice
    Pages 264-290
  14. William Sheehan, Christopher J. Conselice
    Pages 291-325
  15. William Sheehan, Christopher J. Conselice
    Pages 326-353
  16. William Sheehan, Christopher J. Conselice
    Pages 354-366
  17. William Sheehan, Christopher J. Conselice
    Pages 367-377
  18. Back Matter
    Pages 378-385

About this book

Introduction

Written by William Sheehan, a noted historian of astronomy, and Christopher J. Conselice, a professional astronomer specializing in galaxies in the early universe, this book tells the story of how astronomers have pieced together what is known about the vast and complicated systems of stars and dust known as galaxies.

The first galaxies appeared as violently disturbed exotic objects when the Universe was only a few 100 million years old.  From that tortured beginning, they have evolved though processes of accretion, merging and star formation into the majestic spirals and massive ellipticals that dominate our local part of the Universe. This of course includes the Milky Way, to which the Sun and Solar System belong; it is our galactic home, and the only galaxy we will ever know from the inside.  Sheehan and Conselice show how astronomers’ understanding has grown from the early catalogs of Charles Messier and William Herschel; developed through the pioneering efforts of astronomers like E.E. Barnard, V.M. Slipher, Henrietta Leavitt, Edwin Hubble and W.W. Morgan; and finally is reaching fruition in cutting-edge research with state-of-the-art instruments such as the Hubble Space Telescope that can see back to nearly the beginning of the Universe.  By combining archival research that reveals fascinating details about the personalities, rivalries and insights of the astronomers who created extragalactic astronomy with the latest data gleaned from a host of observations,

the authors provide a view of galaxies – and their place in our understanding of the Universe – as they have never been seen before.

 

Keywords

Milky Way early universe guide to the galaxy history of astronomy images of our galaxy

Authors and affiliations

  • William Sheehan
    • 1
  • Christopher J. Conselice
    • 2
  1. 1.WillmarUSA
  2. 2.School of Physics and Astronomy University of NottinghamNottinghamUK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-0-387-85347-5
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media New York 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-0-387-85346-8
  • Online ISBN 978-0-387-85347-5
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