The Magellanic Clouds

A European Southern Observatory Presentation: Principal Prospects, Current Observational and Theoretical Approaches, and Prospects for Future Research

  • André B. Muller

Part of the Astrophysics and Space Science Library book series (ASSL, volume 23)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XII
  2. Principal Properties of the Magellanic Clouds

  3. Current Observational Approaches

  4. Current Theoretical Approaches

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 115-115
    2. R. F. Christy
      Pages 136-143
    3. R. Kippenhahn
      Pages 144-155
  5. Prospects for Future Research

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 169-169
    2. M. F. Walker
      Pages 174-180
    3. J. H. Oort
      Pages 184-189
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 190-191

About this book


On March 28 and 29, 1969, at the occasion of the dedication of the European Southern Observatory, some 90 astronomers from all over the world gathered at the ESO headquarters at Santiago de Chile for discussing problems of the Magellanic Clouds. They came from Argentina, Australia, Chile, Mexico, South Mrica and the United States as well as from Europe; these latter, naturally, mostly from the member states ofESO. The choice of the subject was an obvious one. When erecting the European Southern Observatory as a joint effort in European astronomy, it was agreed from the beginning that the field of research should be the southern sky, so far hardly explored with large telescopes. Among the objects to be investigated, the Magellanic Clouds rank highest, together with the galactic centre region and the southern spiral structure. Being located ten times closer than the nearest large stellar systems accessible to northern observers, and containing a stellar population ranging in age from the oldest down of star formation, the Clouds provide an ideal laboratory for research on to the stage current problems in astrophysics. Yet, most of the northern observational astronomers were hardly acquainted with the Magellanic Clouds; naturally, they are used to think in terms of research projects that can be conducted at their observatories. A survey of the status of knowledge and research on the Clouds therefore appeared in order now that the first- medium size- telescopes of ESO came into operation.


Galaxy Population Supernova astronomy astrophysics galaxies observatory photometry planet star star formation stars stellar telescope

Editors and affiliations

  • André B. Muller
    • 1
  1. 1.European Southern ObservatoryHamburgW. Germany

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1971
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-015-6908-8
  • Online ISBN 978-94-015-6906-4
  • Series Print ISSN 0067-0057
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