Textbook: The Multiwavelength Atlas of Galaxies, by Glen Mackie

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Messier 51, NGC5194 the Whirlpool galaxy in X-rays (purple), Ultraviolet (blue), Optical (green) and Infrared (red). Companion galaxy NGC5195 is also shown to the north. Credit: X-ray: NASA/CXC/Wesleyan U./R. Kilgard et al.; UV: NASA/JPL-Caltech; Optical: NASA/ESA/S. Beckwith, Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA); IR: NASA/JPL-Caltech/ U. of Az./R. Kennicutt.

Since the radio signature of our own Milky Way was detected in 1931, galaxies have been observed from ultra-high energy gamma rays to long wavelength radio waves, providing fundamental insights into their formation, evolution and structural components. Unveiling the secrets of some of the best-observed galaxies, this atlas contains over 250 full-color images spanning the whole electromagnetic spectrum. The accompanying text explains why we see the component stars, gas and dust through different radiation processes, and describes the telescopes and instruments used. This atlas is a valuable reference resource on galaxies for students seeking an overview of multiwavelength observations and what they tell us, and researchers needing detailed summaries of individual galaxies.

Published by Cambridge University Press

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"This volume will be a nice addition to any reference library, as well as to the personal bookshelves of researchers and graduate students. Its purpose is to illustrate the full breadth of properties seen in galaxies at high resolution, using the latest data in all wavebands. This it does admirably. Mackie (Swinburne Univ. of Technology, Australia) makes use of a restricted, "atlas sample" of 34 galaxies chosen from every class. The author selected these objects for both their proximity to Earth and the amount of data available. The data are of the best quality and the breadth of properties illustrated is tremendous. One could quibble with a few choices; in particular, none of the elliptical galaxies used are of the "nonactive" variety, and the dwarf classes are not fully sampled. However, these are minor issues, especially given the quality of the work and the usefulness of the images in this book. Summing Up: Recommended. Graduate students and above."

E. S. Perlman, Florida Institute of Technology (from https://library.villanova.edu/Find/Record/1280756/Reviews)

"In this excellent atlas, Glen Mackie of Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, has collected images of familiar and less familiar galaxies at various wavelengths and comparable scales, showing how key features of galactic form and evolution are picked out in cool dust, hot gas and spectral emission, to name but a few."

Astronomy and Geophysics, (2011), 52(2): 2.37

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Samples/Excerpts from MAG:

Preface and Acknowledgements

Part 1 - Galaxies

Part 2 - Observing the Electromagnetic Spectrum

Part 3 - A View from the Inside: The Galaxy

Part 4 - The Atlas

Reprinted with permission from Cambridge University Press we provide an excerpt of chapter 2 "Observing the Electromagnetic Spectrum" that includes material that became Appendix A in the published text. This chapter describes the various origins of radiation emitted by galaxies and presents some important galaxy research topics.

Sample slide sets from MAG NGC 300 (Normal) * NGC 4676 (Interacting) * NGC 1316 (Merging) * NGC 5236/Messier 83 (Starburst) * NGC 3031/Messier 81 (Active)

For the book's entire table of contents, please click here.

See also the excellent web site Multiwavelength Milky Way for the latest multiwavelength images of our Galaxy.

Web contents last updated 11/11/11 - GM (gmackie at swin.edu.au)

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