Françoise Combes

MYSTERIES OF GALAXY FORMATION What is a galaxy? Typically, it is a collection of a hundred billion stars, gas and dust. Some galaxies occur in groups of about ten, some in clusters of hundreds, others in superclusters of thousands. These clusters and superclusters and the nature of their radiation bear witness to the expansion of the Universe, one of the key pieces of evidence for the Big Bang.

Mysteries of Galaxy Formation describes the birth, the history and the evolution of galaxies. It details the many puzzles that have already been solved, and looks at the questions yet to be answered. The book:

Table of Contents


  1. Going back in time to observe the young universe
  2. Galaxies in their cocoons
  3. The origins of black holes
  4. Scenarios of galaxy formation
  5. The problem of dark matter
  6. How can the problems be solved, and with what instruments?


Extent: 208 pages, 16-page colour section
Binding: Paperback
Published: 2010
ISBN: 978-1-4419-0867-4

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