The Anatomy of Galaxies

Mauro D'Onofrio*, Roberto Rampazzo, Simone Zaggia, Malcolm S. Longair, Laura Ferrarese, Paola Marziani, Jack W. Sulentic, Pieter C. van der Kruit, Eija Laurikainen, Debra M. Elmegreen, Françoise Combes, Giuseppe Bertin, Giuseppina Fabbiano, Riccardo Giovanelli, Daniela Calzetti, David L. Moss, Francesca Matteucci, Stanislav George Djorgovski, Didier Fraix-Burnet, Alister W. McK GrahamBrent R. Tully

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Just after WWII Astronomy started to live its "Golden Age", not differently to many other sciences and human activities, especially in the west side countries. The improved resolution of telescopes and the appearance of new efficient light detectors (e.g. CCDs in the middle eighty) greatly impacted the extragalactic researches. The first morphological analysis of galaxies were rapidly substituted by "anatomic" studies of their structural components, star and gas content, and in general by detailed investigations of their properties. As for the human anatomy, where the final goal was that of understanding the functionality of the organs that are essential for the life of the body, galaxies were dissected to discover their basic structural components and ultimately the mystery of their existence.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFrom the Realm of the Nebulae to Populations
Subtitle of host publicationDialogues on a Century of Research
Editors M D'Onofrio, R Rampazzo , S. Zaggia
Place of PublicationCham
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-31006-0
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-31004-6
Publication statusPublished - 2016


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