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The Interstellar Medium

  • Hannu Karttunen
  • Pekka Kröger
  • Heikki Oja
  • Markku Poutanen
  • Karl Johan Donner

Abstract

Although most of the mass of the Milky Way Galaxy is condensed into stars, interstellar space is not completely empty. It contains gas and dust in the form both of individual clouds and of a diffuse medium. Interstellar space typically contains about one gas atom per cubic centimetre and 100 dust particles per cubic kilometre.

Keywords

Interstellar Medium Molecular Cloud Galactic Plane Supernova Remnant Planetary Nebula 
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Further Reading

  1. Dyson, Williams: The Physics of the Interstellar Medium, Manchester University Press 1980.Google Scholar
  2. Longair: High Energy Astrophysics,Cambridge University Press, 2nd ed. Vol. 1–2 1992, 1994.Google Scholar
  3. Spitzer: Physical Processes in the Interstellar Medium,Wiley 1978.Google Scholar

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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2003

Authors and Affiliations

  • Hannu Karttunen
    • 1
  • Pekka Kröger
    • 2
  • Heikki Oja
    • 3
  • Markku Poutanen
    • 4
  • Karl Johan Donner
    • 5
  1. 1.Tuorla ObservatoryUniversity of TurkuPiikkiöFinland
  2. 2.HelsinkiFinland
  3. 3.Observatory and University of HelsinkiHelsinkiFinland
  4. 4.Finnish Geodetic InstituteMasalaFinland
  5. 5.Finnish Geodetic InstituteHelsinkiFinland

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