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de Vaucouleurs Atlas of Galaxies

ISBN-10: 0521820480

ISBN-13: 9780521820486

Edition: 2006

Authors: Ronald J. Buta, Harold G. Corwin, Stephen C. Odewahn

List price: $238.00
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This atlas is a comprehensive illustration of the morphology of normal, nearby galaxies and how they are classified in the revised Hubble system developed in the 1950s by Grard de Vaucouleurs, one of the twentieth century's leading astronomers. Using an image database of over 500 galaxies, the de Vaucouleurs classification is made more accessible and understandable so that astronomy researchers, students, and amateurs can apply the system with ease. Because much has been learned about the physical basis of galaxy morphology since de Vaucouleurs published his revision, the atlas contains a comprehensive review of the recent literature, outlining how different morphological features are interpreted. The de Vaucouleurs Atlas of Galaxies is not only a pictorial atlas, but it is an up-to-date reference on our understanding of the physical processes that underlie galaxy morphology. Additional materials will be available at www.cambridge.org/9780521820486.
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Book details

List price: $238.00
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 3/8/2007
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 356
Size: 8.75" wide x 11.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 2.948
Language: English

Stephen C. Odewahn is a research scientist at the McDonald Observatory and Resident Astronomer of the Hobby-Eberly Telescope (HET), the University of Texas.

Preface
Acknowledgments
Galaxy classification
Introduction
Factors influencing galaxy classification and morphology
Galaxy morphology: an historical overview
The Hubble classification system
The de Vaucouleurs revision
Cross sectional analysis
Type correlations
Applied galaxy classification
Recent classification developments
The morphology of spiral structure
Luminosity classes
Spiral arm classes
Counterwinding spirals
The morphology of edge-on barred galaxies
The morphology of face-on bars
Pattern speed and galaxy morphology
Resonance rings
Nuclear rings
Secondary or nuclear bars
Lenses
Dwarf and low surface brightness galaxies
The classification of elliptical galaxies
Dust-penetrated galaxy morphology and classification
The quantification of bar and spiral strength from near-IR images
The intrinsic shapes and orientations of inner and outer rings in disk galaxies
The impact of Galactic extinction on the morphology of galaxies
The impact of environment on galaxy morphology
Distinct components
Other classes of galaxies
Blue compact dwarf galaxies
Ocular galaxies
Shell elliptical galaxies
Compact elliptical galaxies and ultra-compact dwarf galaxies
Polar ring and collisional ring galaxies
Single ringed and multi-armed spiral galaxies
Nonbarred ringed galaxies
The Morgan cD galaxies
Production of the Atlas
Galaxy classification from digital images
Preparation of Atlas illustrations
Revisions to the VRHS system
The classification procedure
The Atlas
Description of E galaxies
Description of SO galaxies
Description of SO/a galaxies
Description of Sa galaxies
Description of Sab galaxies
Description of Sb galaxies
Description of Sbc galaxies
Description of Sc galaxies
Description of Scd galaxies
Description of Sd galaxies
Description of Sdm/Sm/Im galaxies
Edge-on galaxies
Description of interacting and peculiar galaxies
Physical galaxy morphology
Galaxy formation
The stage
The family
The variety
The origin of SO galaxies
Epilogue
Gerard de Vaucouleurs: a brief biography
Basic data for Atlas galaxies
References
Index