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Globular Cluster Systems

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Series: Cambridge Astrophysics Series Volume: 30

By: Keith Ashman and Stephen Zepf

181 pages, 2 half-tones, 2 tabs, 38 graphs

Cambridge University Press

Hardback | May 1998 | #162468 | ISBN: 0521550572
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About this book

Globular clusters are roughly spherical, densely packed groups of stars found around galaxies. Most globular clusters probably formed at the same time as their host galaxies. They therefore provide a unique fossil record of the conditions during the formation and early evolution of galaxies. This volume presents the first comprehensive review of globular cluster systems. It summarises their observed properties, and shows how these constrain models of the structure of stars, the formation and evolution of galaxies and globular clusters, and the age of the Universe. For graduate students and researchers, this timely volume provides the definitive reference on globular cluster systems.

'For those working on globular clusters this book is an excellent reference and I would also recommend it to those working in galaxy formation.' Simon Goodwin, The Observatory


Preface; 1. Introduction; 2. Properties of globular clusters; 3. The galactic globular cluster system; 4. Globular cluster systems in nearby galaxies; 5. Properties of extragalactic globular cluster systems; 6. Globular clusters and galaxy formation; 7. The formation of globular clusters; 8. Future prospects; Bibliography; Index.

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