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By Jayant V. Narlikar

ISBN-10: 8123700261

ISBN-13: 9788123700267

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The World of Galaxies Over the last five decades astronomers have found out how stars are born, how they generate energy and how they manufacture chemical elements in their cores but they are not yet certain how galaxies were formed . A galaxy has many many stars. Our Galaxy, which has more than a hundred billion stars is neither very small nor very large when compared to other galaxies. Galaxies, like stars, are often found in clusters and it is likely that clusters of galaxies were formed from gas clouds just as clusters of stars were also formed.

This revolution brought into play a further force-the 'centrifugal force' . If you tie a small stone to a string and whirl it round, the stone tends to fly away from the axis of rotation . This tendency to fly away is caused by the centrifugal force. The stone is held back due to the tension in the string which counters the centrifugal force. In the case of the contracting cloud , the gravity was not sufficient to hold back the gaseous material, which therefore tended to fly away from the axis of rotation .

L":_r, 3! &> ~ + 10 o . 0' BO - 0 ·2 , 85 AD 0 -0 FO GO 0 ·6 KO tAO M 'S 1-6 Spectral type/Colour ind e x A typical H-R diagram. The Sun's position is shown by S. The absolute magnitude and spectral typelcolour index indicate [he star's luminosity and surface temperature respectively. bottom right hand corner (cool and faint stars). This band is called the 'main sequence' . As we shall see, a star spends most of its life on the main sequence . There are some stars outside the main sequence on the top right hand corner.

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