The Galaxies of the Local Group

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Cambridge University Press, May 15, 2000 - Science - 328 pages
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The Local Group is a small cluster of galaxies that includes the Milky Way. At least half of all galaxies in the Universe are thought to belong to similar groups. This authoritative volume provides a comprehensive synthesis of what is known about the Local Group. It begins with a summary of each member galaxy, as well as those galaxies previously regarded as possible members. The book examines the mass, stability and evolution of the Local Group as a whole and includes many important previously unpublished results and conclusions. With clarity, Professor van den Bergh provides a masterful summary of all that is known about the galaxies of the Local Group and their evolution, and expertly places this knowledge in the wider context of on-going studies of galaxy formation and evolution, the cosmic distance scale, and the conditions in the early Universe.
 

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Contents

1 Introduction
1
2 Local Group membership
4
3 The Andromeda galaxy M31
9
4 The Milky Way system
46
5 The Triangulum galaxy M33
72
6 The Large Magellanic Cloud
92
7 The Small Magellanic Cloud
142
8 The elliptical galaxy M32 NGC 221
163
13 The most luminous dwarf spheroidal galaxies
219
14 Dwarf spheroidals in the Andromeda subgroup
234
15 Faint dwarf spheroidals
243
16 The outer fringes of the Local Group
263
17 Intergalactic matter in the Local Group
273
18 Dynamical and physical volution
276
19 Properties of the Local Group
279
20 Conclusions
289

9 The irregular dwarf galaxy NGC 6822
170
10 The starburst galaxy IC 10
177
11 Faint dwarf irregular galaxies
182
12 Spheroidal galaxies
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