Title The Most Interesting Galaxies in the Universe
Author Joel L. Schiff
ISBN 9781643270012
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No of pages 164
Book size 178 x 254 mm
Publishing year 2018
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Prior to the 1920s it was generally thought, with a few exceptions, that our galaxy, the Milky Way, was the entire Universe. Based on the work of Henrietta Leavitt with Cepheid variables, astronomer Edwin Hubble was able to determine that the Andromeda Galaxy and others had to lie outside our own. Moreover,  based on the work of Vesto Slipher, involving the redshifts of these galaxies, Hubble was able to determine that the Universe was not static, as had been previously thought, but expanding.

The number of galaxies has also been expanding, with estimates varying from 100 billion to 2 trillion. While every galaxy in the Universe is interesting just by its very fact of being, the author has selected 60 of those that possess some unusual qualities that make them of some particular interest. These galaxies have complex evolutionary histories, with some having supermassive black holes at their core, others are powerful radio sources, a very few are relatively nearby and even visible to the naked eye, whereas the light from one recent discovery has been travelling for the past 13.4 billion years to show us its infancy, and from a time when the Universe was in its infancy. And in spite of the vastness of the Universe, some galaxies are colliding with others, embraced in a graceful gravitational dance. Indeed, as the Andromeda Galaxy is heading towards us, a similar fate awaits our Milky Way.

When looking at a modern image of a galaxy, one is in awe at the shear wondrous nature of such a magnificent creation, with its boundless secrets that it is keeping from us, its endless possibilities for harboring alien civilizations, and we remain left with the ultimate knowledge that we are connected to its glory.




Author biography

Part I: Introduction

Chapter 1: Historical background

Chapter 2: Brief history of the Universe

Chapter 3: Let there be light • Light magnitude

Chapter 4: Stars • Clusters • Stellar evolution

Chapter 5: Galaxy formation • Galaxy classes • Galaxy clusters • Black holes • Quasars

Chapter 6: Measuring the Universe • Parallax distance • Cepheids • Type IA supernovae • Tip of the red giant branch • Hubble and his Constant • Redshift • Hubble constant • Dark matter and dark energy

Part II: Galaxies

Chapter 7: Galaxies • Milky Way • Large and small Magellanic Clouds • Messier 31/Andromeda • Messier 51 Whirlpool Galaxy (NGC 5194 + NGC 5195) • Messier 60/NGC 4649/Arp 116 • Messier 74/NGC 628 • Messier 82/NGC 3034/Cigar Galaxy • Messier 83/NGC 5236/Southern Pinwheel Galaxy • Messier 87/NGC 4486 • Messier 94/NGC 4736 • Messier 101 Pinwheel Galaxy (NGC 5457, Arp 26) • Messier 104 (NGC 4594) Sombrero Galaxy • Messier 106/NGC 4258 • NGC 474/ Arp 227 • NGC 660 • NGC 1097 • NGC 1316/Fornax A • NGC 1365/Great Barred Spiral • NGC 1433 • NGC 1512/NGC 1510 • NGC 1569 • NGC 2623/Arp 243 • NGC 3808A&B/Arp 87 • Antennae Galaxies/NGC 4038 and NGC 4039 • NGC 4550 • NGC 4565/Needle Galaxy • NGC 4650A • NGC 5128/Centaurus A • NGC 5256/Markarian 266 • NGC 5765A (MCG+04) and NGC 5765B (MCG+05) • NGC 6861 • NGC 6872/Condor Galaxy • Arp 147/IC 298 • Arp 194/UGC 6945 • Arp 220 • Arp 273/UGC 1810 and UGC 1813 • Cartwheel Galaxy/ESO 35 • Circinus Galaxy (ESO 97—G13) • Hoag’s Object/Galaxy • Mayall’s Object/Arp 148 • Seyfert’s Sextet/NGC 6027/HCG 79 • Stephan’s Quintet/HCG 92 • Tadpole Galaxy/UGC 10214/Arp 188 • The Bird/Tinkerbell/ESO 593-IG 008 • Wolf–Lundmark–Melotte (WLM) Galaxy • 3C 348/Hercules A • GN-z11 • IC 1101 • Abell 426/Perseus Cluster • Abell 2744/Pandora’s Cluster • Bullet Cluster/1E0657-558



About the Author:

Joel L. Schiff has a PhD in mathematics from the University of California, Los Angeles. He spent his career at the University of Auckland and has written three books on mathematical subjects. His latest book is about the exotic nature of orchids. But astronomy has always remained a passion since receiving a small telescope as a young boy. He was the founder/publisher of the international journal Meteorite, and in 1999, he and his wife, discovered a new asteroid from their backyard observatory.

Target Audience:

People Interested in Physics and Astronomy.


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