Special Issue "Luminous Stars in Nearby Galaxies"
A special issue of Galaxies (ISSN 2075-4434).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 October 2019).
Interests: massive stars; evolved stars; supernova impostors; galactic structure
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
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- massive stars
- stellar evolution
- mass loss
- Magellanic Clouds