Galaxies Everywhere!

  • Gabriella BernardiEmail author
  • Alberto Vecchiato
Part of the Springer Praxis Books book series (PRAXIS)


As we have seen, William Herschel’s first pioneering attempt at mapping the Milky Way resulted in a very irregular structure, with the Sun, and thus the Earth, approximately at its center. This new “Ptolemaic” vision of the universe was finally proven wrong by the work of Shapley, who showed, at the beginning of the 20th century, that the spherical distribution of the globular clusters located the gravitational center of the Galaxy far away from the Sun, once again demoting our place to its “Copernican-aware” non-special role.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.TorinoItaly
  2. 2.National Institute of Astrophysics (INAF)Pino TorineseItaly

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