By Martin J. Rees (auth.), A. C. Fabian (eds.)
Clusters and superclusters of galaxies are the biggest items within the Universe. they've been the topic of extreme observational reports at numerous wavelengths, from radio to X-ray which has provoked a lot theoretical debate and complex our realizing of the hot evolution of the large-scale constitution of the Universe. the present prestige of the topic is reviewed during this quantity via lively researchers who lectured at a NATO complex learn Institute held in Cambridge, England in July 1991.
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THE GAS CONTENT OF SPIRALS After some early controversy, it is now well established that there are systematic differences in the gas content of field and cluster galaxies. The state of our knowledge of the phenomenon has been recently reviewed by Haynes (1990) and Kenney (1990). Using the surface density of HI gas within an optical isophote as a measure of atomic gas content, one finds that at least some galaxies in some clusters are depleted in gas relative to galaxies of the same morphological type found in the field.
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However, if classifying disk galaxies is often an art, distinguishing SO's from E's is a black art. The characteristic visual features which allow one to distinguish between spheroid and face-on disk are, at best subtle, and, at worst, illusory. There exists little confirming evidence to demonstrate that the classifications of face-on SO's and E's are not systematically in error. correct, many individual galaxies of each type must inevitably be misclassified. Thus, if the true abundance of SO's rises, the apparent observed abundance of E's will also rise.