Distances to Local Group Galaxies

  title={Distances to Local Group Galaxies},
  author={Alistair R. Walker},
  journal={arXiv: Astrophysics},
  • A. Walker
  • Published 1 March 2003
  • Physics
  • arXiv: Astrophysics
Distances to galaxies in the Local Group are reviewed. In particular, the distance to the Large Magellanic Cloud is found to be (m − M) = 18.52 ± 0.10, corresponding to 50,600 ± 2,400 pc. The importance of M31 as an analog of the galaxies observed at greater distances is stressed, while the variety of star formation and chemical enrichment histories displayed by Local Group galaxies allows critical evaluation of the calibrations of the various distance indicators in a variety of environments. 

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