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The Genesis of the Great Nebulæ

Nature volume 119, pages 315316 (26 February 1927) | Download Citation



WITHIN the mesh of our local star-system are nebulæ of irregular shape, such as the Orion nebula, which are of only slight cosmogonic interest. Far beyond the confines of this local star-system lie the great nebulæ of regular shapes, spiral, elliptic, circular, etc., each of which is comparable in mass and size with our whole star-system. In the December (1926) issue of the Astrophysical Journal, Dr. Hubble paints a most fascinating picture of the system formed by the great nebulæ, and frames it in such convincing observational evidence that it would be difficult to reject it.

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