“Box/Peanut”- Shaped Galactic Bulges

  • Martin Shaw


By a visual inspection of photographic plate material for all 504 of the largest, normal spiral and lenticular galaxies contained within the Second Reference Catalogue (de Vaucouleurs et al. 1976; RC2) and supplementary lists, we have constructed a subset of those 117 systems which are most edge- on to the line-of-sight. This has been used as a basic database for our investigation of the nature of the galaxian non-thin disc population in general, but it has also proved an ideal means by which to study general characteristics of those galaxies which display “box” or “peanut”-shaped central isophotes.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Martin Shaw
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  1. 1.Department of AstronomyUniversity of ManchesterEngland, UK

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