The New Cosmos pp 215-231 | Cite as

Constitution and Dynamics of the Galactic System

  • Albrecht Unsöld
Part of the Heidelberg Science Library book series (HSL)


W. Herschel (1783–1822) was the first to seek to penetrate the structure of the galactic system, in his “star gauging”, by counting how many stars down to a given limiting magnitude he could see in various directions.


Radial Velocity Globular Cluster Proper Motion Galactic Centre Galactic Plane 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Albrecht Unsöld
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  1. 1.Institute for Theoretical Physics and University ObservatoryKielGermany

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