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The Distances of the Magellanic Clouds

  • Alistair R. Walker
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Part of the Astrophysics and Space Science Library book series (ASSL, volume 237)

Abstract

The present status of our knowledge of the distances to the Magellanic Clouds is evaluated from a post-Hipparcos perspective. After a brief summary of the effects of structure, reddening, age, and metallicity, the primary distance indicators for the Large Magellanic Cloud are reviewed: The SN 1987A ring, Cepheids, RR Lyraes, Mira variables, and Eclipsing Binaries. Distances derived via these methods are weighted and combined to produce final “best” estimates for the Magellanic Clouds distance moduli.

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Globular Cluster Magellanic Clouds Large Magellanic Cloud Distance Indicator Small Magellanic Cloud 
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  • Alistair R. Walker
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  1. 1.Cerro Tololo Inter-American ObservatoryNOAOLa SerenaChile

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