Special Issue "Luminous Stars in Nearby Galaxies"

A special issue of Galaxies (ISSN 2075-4434).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2019

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Roberta M. Humphreys

School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN 55455, USA
Interests: massive stars, giant eruptions, supernova impostors, stellar populations

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Perhaps the greatest uncertainty in all of astrophysics and especially in stellar structure and evolution, is distance. This is especially true for the most massive, most luminous stars that may be at very large distances in our own galaxy. Studies of stellar populations in nearby galaxies thus have the advantage that all the stars are at the approximately the same distance, a distance that is relatively well known, especially in comparison with the uncertain distances of individual stars in our own galaxy. Surveys and the subsequent spectroscopy of massive stars in different stages of stellar evolution in the relatively nearby resolved galaxies have revealed a complex distribution in the luminosity–temperature plane, the HR Diagram. The fundamentals of massive star evolution are basically understood, but the roles of mass loss, episodic mass loss, rotation, and binarity are still in question. The final stages of these stars of different masses and their possible relation to each other are not understood. The purpose of this volume is a current review of the different populations of evolved massive stars. The emphasis is on massive stars in the Local Group; the Magellanic Clouds and the nearby spirals M31 and M33.

Prof. Roberta M. Humphreys
Guest Editor

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  • massive stars
  • stellar evolution
  • mass loss
  • Magellanic Clouds
  • M31
  • M33

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission, see below for planned papers.

Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

Luminous Blue Variables -- Kerstin Weis and Domink Bomans, Bochum University, Germany

B[e] Supergiants -- Michaela Kraus, Astronomical Institut, Czech Republic

Wolf-Rayet Stars -- Phil Massey and Kathryn Neugent , Lowell Obs., Arizona

Luminous Hot Stars, Large Magellanic Cloud  – Paul Crowther, Sheffield University, UK

Hypergiants and Post Red Supergiant Evolution – Michael Gordon and R. Humphrey

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