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Star Formation in Irregular Galaxies

Science  24 Mar 1989:
Vol. 243, Issue 4898, pp. 1557-1563
DOI: 10.1126/science.243.4898.1557

Abstract

Irregular galaxies can be viewed as laboratories for studying the processes of star formation. This class of galaxy, unlike the more familiar spiral galaxies, forms stars without spiral arms and does so from a chemically less-evolved interstellar medium. In this article the problems associated with star formation in irregular galaxies are outlined and their relevance to our understanding of star formaton as a general astrophysical process is discussed.

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