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Paper: Our Galaxy
Volume: 275, Disks of Galaxies: Kinematics, Dynamics and Perturbations
Page: 105
Authors: Dehnen, W.
Abstract: The recent decade has seen a significant improvement in our knowledge of the Milky Way, both on large scales, mainly driven by infrared data, and in the Solar neighborhood. The Milky Way appears to be an ordinary barred disk galaxy with a maximum disk, i.e. with little or no dark matter in its inner parts. While some of our host galaxy's properties, in particular in the Solar neighborhood, are observed to a detail never achievable for external galaxies, other, more global properties, are still not well known owing, mainly, to the present lack of accurate distance measurements on the kpc scale. Future space missions (FAME, DIVA, SIM & GAIA) will hopefully resolve this problem and turn the Milky Way into the Rosetta stone for our understanding of galaxy evolution.
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