The intrinsic shapes of elliptical galaxies

Schechter, P. 1987. in de Zeeuw 1987, p. 217.

Distribution functions for the intrinsic shapes of elliptical galaxies are discussed, starting with the simplest and proceeding to the more complex. A variety of competing 'proxy' observables, which can in principle be used to recover at least some of the information lost in the projection of a galaxy onto the plane of the sky, are considered.