© 1987

The Galaxy

  • Gerry Gilmore
  • Bob Carswell

Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (ASIC, volume 207)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. M. W. Feast
    Pages 1-25
  3. Reinhard Genzel
    Pages 51-79
  4. Catherine J. Cesarsky
    Pages 81-104
  5. P. M. Solomon, A. R. Rivolo
    Pages 105-140
  6. W. B. Burton, E. R. Deul
    Pages 141-172
  7. G. Contopoulos
    Pages 199-210
  8. Olin J. Eggen
    Pages 211-227
  9. Gerard Gilmore, Rosemary F. G. Wyse
    Pages 247-279
  10. F. D. A. Hartwick
    Pages 281-290
  11. K. C. Freeman
    Pages 291-295
  12. Allan Sandage
    Pages 321-340
  13. B. E. J. Pagel
    Pages 341-364
  14. Burkhard Fuchs, Roland Wielen
    Pages 375-398
  15. James Binney
    Pages 399-412

About this book


The Milky Way Galaxy offers a unique opportunity to study the structure and contents of a major stellar system in three dimensions, at high spatial and spectral resolution, and to very large galactocentric distances. This potential can be realised only by statistical surveys of large areas of the sky, and by detailed study of specific regions with exceptional properties, such as the Galactic centre, and of specific classes of object, such as the globular clusters. The acquisition of such data from a variety of ground-based and satellite surveys has been a primary topic of Galactic research for some years. Several such surveys have been completed recently, and have led to a substantial modification of our understanding of Galactic structure and evolution. The importance of the ability of satellite observatories to survey and to study wavelengths which are inaccessible from the ground is evident in the wealth of data discussed and analysed in this volume which is derived from satellites, specifically COS-B, HEAD-I, HEAO-3, IRAS, PIONEER-lO, SAS-2, and TENMA. The cru­ cial role of ground-based observations to complement and comprehend the satellite data is also well evident. Similarly, the major ground-based studies whose results are reported here illustrate the necessity for carefully conceived and executed very large scale surveys of many types of object and many parts of parameter space before a coherent picture of the Galaxy will be available.


Galaxy Population galaxies milky way observatory photometry stellar

Editors and affiliations

  • Gerry Gilmore
    • 1
  • Bob Carswell
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of AstronomyCambridgeUK

Bibliographic information


`... the editors can be proud of the results of what must have been a prodigious effort; they point the way for future productions.
The scientific content fully deserves such presentation.'
The Observatory, Vol. 108.