The Extragalactic Distance Scale

The Extragalactic Distance Scale


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The Extragalactic Distance Scale by Mario Livio

The hottest debate in astronomy and cosmology today is the value of the Hubble Constant that fixes the size and age of the Universe. At a workshop at the Space Telescope Science Institute, experts from around the world presented the latest results from a plethora of techniques for determining the Hubble Constant. The value has always been controversial, but for the first time at this meeting experts' results agreed, to within twenty percent. The articles in this book provide a comprehensive account of the Hubble Constant debate with the latest results from gravitational lensing, supernovae and novae, the Tully-Fisher relation, the Sunyaev-Zeldovich effect, globular clusters, planetary nebulae, light echoes, and the Hubble Space Telescope Key Project. This timely volume will become a standard reference for graduate students and researchers in astronomy and cosmology.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521591645
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 06/28/1997
Series: Space Telescope Science Institute Symposium Series , #10
Pages: 337
Product dimensions: 6.85(w) x 9.72(h) x 0.87(d)

About the Author

Mario Livio is a senior astrophysicist and the Head of the Office of Public Outreach at the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) in Baltimore, Maryland. He is the author of The Golden Ratio, a highly acclaimed book about mathematics and art for which he received the International Pythagoras Prize and the Peano Prize, The Equation That Couldn't Be Solved, and The Accelerating Universe.  He lives in Baltimore, Maryland.

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