An Introduction to the Sun and Stars

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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.
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"This up-to-the-minute treatment of the universe of stars is the most enjoyable and informative book at this level that I have read. It combines clear physical arguments with excellent illustrations and diagrams, and keen readers can enhance their depth of understanding through the copious worked examples. Spread throughout, the 'biography boxes' give a refreshing human perspective to the science. Good for coffee table or lecture course!" Professor Peter Brand, University of Edinburgh
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521837378
  • Publisher: The Open University
  • Publication date: 3/28/2004
  • Pages: 372
  • Product dimensions: 8.27 (w) x 10.35 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Simon F. Green is Head of Planetary and Space Sciences in the Department of Physical Sciences at The Open University, where his research is focused on physical studies of planetary surfaces and small solar system bodies through analysis of spacecraft data, laboratory simulation and computer modelling. Asteroid 9831 has been named Simongreen in recognition of his work in the observation of asteroids and transneptunian objects.

Mark H. Jones is a Senior Lecturer and Staff Tutor in the Department of Physical Sciences at The Open University, where his current research concentrates on the structure of the zodiacal cloud. He is a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Ch. 1 Seeing the Sun 7
Ch. 2 The Working Sun 43
Ch. 3 Measuring Stars 85
Ch. 4 Comparing Stars 129
Ch. 5 The Formation of Stars 151
Ch. 6 The Main Sequence Life of Stars 175
Ch. 7 The Life of Stars Beyond the Main Sequence 197
Ch. 8 The Death of Stars 219
Ch. 9 The Remnants of Stars 243
Conclusion 281
Answers and Comments 285
App. A1: Useful quantities and units 328
App. A2 Stellar nomenclature 329
App. A3 The 100 closest stars to the Sun 333
App. A4 The 100 brightest stars visible from Earth 337
App. A5 The chemical elements and their abundances 341
Glossary 345
Further Reading 359
Acknowledgements 360
Figure References 364
Index 366
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