The Milky Way

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


On clear, moonless nights a nebulous band of light can be seen stretching across the sky. This is the Milky Way (Fig. 17.1). The name is used both for the phenomenon in the sky and for the large stellar system causing it. The Milky Way system is also called the Galaxy — with a capital letter. The general term galaxy is used to refer to the countless stellar systems more or less like our Milky Way.


Radial Velocity Globular Cluster Proper Motion Rotation Curve Galactic Centre 
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Further Reading

  1. Binney, Merrifield: Galactic Astronomy, Princeton University Press 1998.Google Scholar
  2. Bok, Bok: Milky Way, Harvard University Press, 5. painos 1982.Google Scholar
  3. Gilmore, King, van der Kruit: The Milky Way as a Galaxy, University Science Books 1990Google Scholar
  4. Mihalas, Binney: Galactic Astronomy, Freeman 1981.Google Scholar
  5. Scheffler, Elsässer: Physics of the Galaxy and the Interstellar Matter, Springer 1988.Google Scholar

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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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