The Evolution of Massive Stars: Bridging the Gap in the Local Group

Philip Massey (1), Kathryn F. Neugent (1), and Emily M. Levesque (2)

(1) Lowell Observatory and Dept of Physics and Astronomy, Northern Arizona University, (2) Department of Astronomy, University of Washington

The nearby galaxies of the Local Group can act as our laboratories in helping to bridge the gap between theory and observations. In this review we will describe the complications of identifying samples of OB stars, yellow and red supergiants, and Wolf-Rayet stars, and what we have so far learned from these studies.

Reference: To appear in Philosophical Transactions A, from the conference "Bridging the Gap: from Massive Stars to Supernovae."
Status: Conference proceedings