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208 21-cm radio radiation from impartial hydrogen . . . . . . . . . 208 big name Clusters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 209 Open clusters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 210 institutions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 210 Globular clusters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 211 constitution of the Galaxy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 211 Disk . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 214 Halo and bulge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 214 Nucleus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 216 external to the halo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 216 Rotation curve of the Galaxy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 217 Mass distribution . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 220 Spiral arm phenomenon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 221 starting place and Evolution of the Galaxy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 225 Stellar populations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 225 bankruptcy 14: GALAXIES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 229 varieties of Galaxies and Their Classifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . 229 Elliptical (E) galaxies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 229 Spiral (SA and SB) galaxies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 231 abnormal (Ir) galaxies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 234 S0 galaxies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 235 Hubble “tuning fork” diagram for type . . . . . . . 235 strange Galaxies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 238 Interacting galaxies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 238 Mergers and cannibalism . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 239 lively Galactic Nuclei (AGN) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 240 viii CLIFFSQUICKREVIEW CONTENTS Clusters of Galaxies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 243 The neighborhood team . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 244 big clusters of galaxies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 244 selection of mass in galaxies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 244 darkish topic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 246 The foundation and Evolution of Galaxies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 247 bankruptcy 15: THE UNIVERSE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 249 Observational Cosmology . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 249 Distances . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 249 The Hubble dating . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 251 Olbers’ Paradox . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 253 three ok cosmic heritage radiation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 253 the large Bang concept . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 255 Cosmological precept . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 255 Closed and open universes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 260 Will the universe extend endlessly? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 261 Is the large Bang concept right? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 263 past the large Bang conception . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 263 Grand Unified Theories (GUTs) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 265 Cosmological consistent . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 270 bankruptcy sixteen: existence within the UNIVERSE . . . . . . . . . . . . . 271 ancient heritage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 271 clinical concerns . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 272 Philosophical concerns . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 274 SETI — the quest for Extraterrestrial Intelligence . . . . . . 275 ASTRONOMY ix CHAPTER 1 a quick heritage OF ASTRONOMY Astronomy, which accurately capability “the research of the stars,” comprises the learn of the universe and each form of item that exists within the universe, together with our personal planet.

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