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Paper: Do Maser Stars Trace a Rotating Galactic Bar?
Volume: 374, From Stars to Galaxies: Building the Pieces to Build Up the Universe
Page: 187
Authors: Habing, H.J.
Abstract: I have analyzed the radial velocities in two large samples of maser stars that cover most of the galactic plane. I compare a diagram of longitude versus radial velocity as observed with a diagram obtained from the calculation of orbits in a simple, but realistic galactic potential. Almost all stars belong to the galactic disk, but there is a small sample with high velocities close to the galactic centre and in the so–called forbidden quadrants; these velocities cannot be explained by a combination of galactic rotation and a modest dispersion in velocity. An acceptable explanation is one in which the stars of this small sample move up and down a rotating galactic bar.
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