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Session 77 - Structures of Galaxies.
Display session, Friday, January 09
Many disk galaxies are lopsided: their brightest inner parts are displaced from the center of the outer isophotes, or the outer contours of the H\sc i disk. This asymmetry is particularly common in small, low-luminosity galaxies. We argue here that long-lived lopsidedness is a consequence of the disk lying off-center in the potential of the galaxy's extended dark halo, and spinning in a sense retrograde to its orbit about the halo center. The predicted stellar velocity field is clearly asymmetric.
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