The Milky Way’s stellar disk

  title={The Milky Way’s stellar disk},
  author={Hans-Walter Rix and Jo Bovy},
  journal={The Astronomy and Astrophysics Review},
  • H. Rix, J. Bovy
  • Published 2013
  • Physics
  • The Astronomy and Astrophysics Review
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