The Birth of Stars and Planets

The Birth of Stars and Planets

by John Bally
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521801052

ISBN-13: 9780521801058

Pub. Date: 03/31/2006

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Star formation is the fundamental cosmic process which makes galaxies visible, and regulates the evolution of normal matter in the Universe. New instruments and technologies are now enabling the exploration of fundamental cosmic processes. Scientists are beginning to understand the beauty and complexity of star and planet formation and their role in cosmic evolution.…  See more details below

Overview

Star formation is the fundamental cosmic process which makes galaxies visible, and regulates the evolution of normal matter in the Universe. New instruments and technologies are now enabling the exploration of fundamental cosmic processes. Scientists are beginning to understand the beauty and complexity of star and planet formation and their role in cosmic evolution. This fascinating book combines the latest astronomical images and data with descriptions of the exciting recent developments in the study of star and planet formation. The authors discuss isolated star birth in dark clouds, the formation of star clusters and nebulae, the 'ecology' of interstellar gas and dust, and the violent starbursts that may produce black holes. They relate these processes to the evolution of galaxies and the origin of life on Earth. Written using non-technical language, the book will appeal to readers with an interest in understanding the Universe and our cosmic origins.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521801058
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
03/31/2006
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
295
Product dimensions:
9.45(w) x 10.87(h) x 1.06(d)

Table of Contents

Part I. Stars and Clusters: 1. Our Cosmic Backyard; 2. Looking up at the night sky; 3. The dark clouds of the Milky Way; 4. Infant stars; 5. Companions in birth: binary stars; 6. Outflows from young stars; 7. Towards adulthood; 8. The social life of stars: stellar groups; 9. Chaos in the nest: The brief lives of massive stars. Part II. Planetary Systems: 10. Solar systems in the making; 11. Messengers from the past; 12. Hazards to planet formation; 13. Planets around other stars; Part III. The Cosmic Context: 14. Cosmic cycles; 15. Star formation in galaxies; 16. The first stars and galaxies; 17. Astrobiology, origins, and SETI.

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