Galaxies and How to Observe Them (Astronomers' Observing by Wolfgang Steinicke, Richard Jakiel

By Wolfgang Steinicke, Richard Jakiel

This e-book is a distinct paintings fulfilling the necessity for a latest, finished evaluate of all significant facets of galaxy commentary. The ebook combines the actual historical past at the nature and information of galaxies, the appropriate instrumentation and viewing suggestions, and at last the goals and their person visual appeal in telescopes of varied apertures. A accomplished pattern of galaxies, together with quasars, teams and clusters of galaxies is gifted. this mixture of theoretical wisdom and useful details promises winning looking at classes. moreover, the ebook is obviously dependent with notable photos and graphics.

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Hubble classification 21 Galaxies, Cluster of Galaxies, & their Data Fig. 18. The prolate “dusty” elliptical NGC 5266 in Centaurus and a typical example is NGC 4111 in Canes Venatici. They are less flattened than the disks of spiral galaxies, showing a pretty high surface brightness. In some cases dust bands or even a weak bar structure (type SB0) are present. The central region of S0-galaxies is spherical, similar, but less massive than the bulges of spiral galaxies. , NGC 128 in Pisces (Fig. 19) or NGC 7332 in Pegasus.

5 mag). 2 mag it would be as bright as the sun at a distance of 350 ly. 4′′ separation. Gravitational lensing amplifies the light, so the true luminosity of the object is actually lower. 26). What’s about real double quasars? It is surprising that the more exotic case of gravitational lensed objects was first discovered, and one had to wait another 10 years to find the first physical pair, OM-076 (Fig. 8). In this case the components show different spectra (and not identical copies) at the same redshift.

Thus, lacking emission lines, it was very difficult to determine their redshift. The measurement is only possible, if a host galaxy can be detected. By cutting out the central source with a tiny diaphragm it is possible to measure the spectral lines of the galaxy. We now know that a BL Lacertae object (or “blazar”) is a quasar, where the jet is pointed toward us, outshining the accretion disk. Which type of quasar we see therefore depends on the spatial orientation. Often the term “quasar” is used for all types, but it is occasionally necessary to distinguish.

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