An Introduction to the Sun and Stars

An Introduction to the Sun and Stars

by Simon F. Green
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521837375

ISBN-13: 9780521837378

Pub. Date: 03/28/2004

Publisher: The Open University

"Starting with a detailed discussion of our nearest star, the Sun, this book describes how solar physicists have come to understand its internal workings. It then considers how astronomers go about studying the basic physical properties of more distant stars. This sets the scene for a description of the life-cycles of stars, starting from their formation in the…  See more details below

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"Starting with a detailed discussion of our nearest star, the Sun, this book describes how solar physicists have come to understand its internal workings. It then considers how astronomers go about studying the basic physical properties of more distant stars. This sets the scene for a description of the life-cycles of stars, starting from their formation in the interstellar medium, through their main sequence lifetimes, to the end points of stellar evolution. The book culminates with a discussion of the formation of exotic objects such as neutron stars and black holes." Compiled by a team of experts, this textbook has been designed for elementary university courses in astronomy and astrophysics, and is written in an accessible style that avoids complex mathematics. It is therefore suitable for self-study and will appeal to amateur astronomers as well as undergraduate students.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521837378
Publisher:
The Open University
Publication date:
03/28/2004
Pages:
372
Product dimensions:
8.27(w) x 10.35(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction1
Ch. 1Seeing the Sun7
Ch. 2The Working Sun43
Ch. 3Measuring Stars85
Ch. 4Comparing Stars129
Ch. 5The Formation of Stars151
Ch. 6The Main Sequence Life of Stars175
Ch. 7The Life of Stars Beyond the Main Sequence197
Ch. 8The Death of Stars219
Ch. 9The Remnants of Stars243
Conclusion281
Answers and Comments285
App. A1: Useful quantities and units328
App. A2Stellar nomenclature329
App. A3The 100 closest stars to the Sun333
App. A4The 100 brightest stars visible from Earth337
App. A5The chemical elements and their abundances341
Glossary345
Further Reading359
Acknowledgements360
Figure References364
Index366

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