Star Formation in the Milky Way and Nearby Galaxies

  title={Star Formation in the Milky Way and Nearby Galaxies},
  author={Robert Charles Kennicutt and Neal J. Evans},
  journal={Annual Review of Astronomy and Astrophysics},
We review progress over the past decade in observations of large-scale star formation, with a focus on the interface between extragalactic and Galactic studies. Methods of measuring gas contents and star-formation rates are discussed, and updated prescriptions for calculating star-formation rates are provided. We review relations between star formation and gas on scales ranging from entire galaxies to individual molecular clouds. 

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