Lecture 19: Rotation of the Milky Way


Binney and Merrifield, 9.1, 9.2

Optional reading:

Burton, W. B. 1988, in Galactic and extragalactic radio astronomy, 2nd ed., ed. G. L. Verschuur and K. I. Kellerman
(Berlin: Springer), 295 - a very good review of the distribution and kinematics of HI in our Galaxy

Kerr, F. J., and Lynden-Bell, D. 1986, MNRAS 221, 1023 - the 1985 IAU standards for the Galactic rotation parameters

Olling, R. P., and Merrifield, M. R. 1998, MNRAS 297, 943 - a sensible but somewhat unconventional review of the best current estimates for the Galactic rotation parameters

Feast, M., and Whitelock, P. 1997, MNRAS 291, 683 - Galactic rotation parameters from Hipparcos

Metzger, M., et al. 1998, AJ 115, 635 - Galactic rotation from Cepheids

Malhotra, S. 1995, ApJ 448, 138 - rotation curve from HI tangent points

Fich, M., and Tremaine, S. 1991, ARAA 29, 409 - review of the mass distribution in the Galaxy, now somewhat out of date

Reid, M. J., & Brunthaler, A. 2004, Ap. J. 616, 872 - the most recent measurement of the proper motion of the Galactic center