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The Magellanic Clouds

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Series: Cambridge Astrophysics Series Volume: 29

By: Bengt E Westerlund

292 pages, 31 line diags, 21 half-tones, 69 tabs

Cambridge University Press

Hardback | Feb 1997 | #162481 | ISBN: 0521480701
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The Magellanic Clouds - a pair of nearby, satellite galaxies - are caught in a dynamic struggle internally and with our Milky Way. Given their close proximity, they offer a unique opportunity to study in detail the dynamics and composition of other galaxies. They have a long history of study, but interest in them has blossomed in the past four decades. This is the first book to provide a synthesised and comprehensive account of the Magellanic Clouds. This authoritative volume presents the latest understanding of the structure, evolution and dynamics of these satellite galaxies. It draws together wide-ranging observations in the X-ray, far-ultraviolet, infrared and millimetre wavelengths, including results from the Hubble Space Telescope. For graduate students and researchers, this timely edition provides a definitive reference on the Magellanic Clouds; it also gives useful supplementary reading for graduate courses on galaxies, the interstellar medium, stellar evolution and the chemical composition of galaxies.

'... this is an important book that will be an indispensible guide and a source of references for the next generation of observers of the Clouds of Magellan.' Sidney van den Bergh, Science Parlance '... the book will be much used as a guide to the literature of the past and a companion to that of the present.' Michael Feast, The Observatory 'Westerlund's valuable contribution to research in the Clouds will be remembered with gratitude as one reads this most welcome book.'Irish Astronomical Journal


Preface; 1. Introduction; 2. The distances of the Clouds; 3. The Clouds as galaxies; 4. The cluster population; 5. The youngest field population; 6. Superassociations and supergiant shells; 7. The intermediate-age and oldest field populations; 8. The interstellar medium; 9. X-ray sources, diffuse X-ray emission and supernova remnants; 10. The 30 Doradus complex; 11. Chemical abundances; 12. The structure and kinematics of the Magellanic System; Appendix 1: Acronyms and abreviations used in the text; Appendix 2: Reviews and proceedings; Bibliography; Index.

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