Current problems of determining distances to galaxies

  • Allan Sandagel
  • G. A. Tammann
Review of Extragalactic Distance Indicators
Part of the Lecture Notes in Physics book series (LNP, volume 224)


Traditional methods of determining distances to remote galaxies are reviewed to show their relative strengths and weaknesses. Methods that use the luminosity function of globular clusters are rejected as being precise at only the ±1m level. Similar rejection is made of H II region angular diameters. Methods of more promise, in inverse order of precision, are (1) the luminosity function of ScI galaxies, (2) the linewidth-absolute magnitude (Tully-Fisher) method, (3) use of brightest red and blue supergiants, and (4) use of Type I supernovae. Application of each favors Ho ≌ 50 km s−1 Mpc−1 for the Hubble constant.


Globular Cluster Luminosity Function Hubble Constant Virgo Cluster Hubble Diagram 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Allan Sandagel
    • 1
  • G. A. Tammann
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.Mount Wilson and Las Campanas Observatories of the Carnegie Institution of WashingtonWashingtonUSA
  2. 2.Astronomisches Institut der Universität BaselBaselSwitzerland
  3. 3.Mount Wilson and Las Campanas ObservatoriesUSA

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