Lecture 10: the Local Group


Binney & Merrifield 4.1.4

For timing argument see Binney & Tremaine p. 150

Optional reading:

Gibson, B. K. 2000, Mem. Soc. Astron. Ital. 71, 693 - review of distances to the Large Magellanic Cloud

Paczynski, B. 2001, Acta Astronomica 51, 89 - a sensible review of the controversy of the distance to the LMC

van der Marel, R. P. 2001, AJ 122, 1827 - the geometry of the LMC using infrared star counts

Lin, D.N.C., et al. 1995, ApJ 439, 652 and Connors, T., et al. 2005, astro-ph/0508390 - models of the Magellanic Stream and the orbit of the Magellanic Clouds

Mateo, M. 1998, ARAA 36, 435 - review of the dwarf galaxies of the Local Group

Odenkirchen, M., et al. 2001, AJ 122, 2538 - Draco dwarf galaxy with SDSS

for recent work on the dark-matter content of dwarf spheroidal galaxies see papers by M. Wilkinson, J. Kleyna, etc.

Ibata, R., et al. 1997, AJ 113, 634 - the Sagittarius dwarf galaxy

Majewski, S., et al. 2003, ApJ 599, 1082 - discovery of Sagittarius tidal tails in 2MASS data

Law, D. R., et al. 2005, ApJ 619, 807 - modeling the tidal tails from Sagittarius


see here for animations by John Dubinski (University of Toronto) including the M31-Milky Way collision and formation of a cD galaxy

see here for merger simulations by Josh Barnes (University of Hawaii) including the Antennae and the Mice

see here for a simulation by Kathryn Johnston (Columbia) of the formation of the Sagittarius tidal tails