The Classification of Stars

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Overview

A comprehensive handbook on the tools, methods, and results of stellar taxonomy, this book describes modern methods of spectroscopic and photometric classification, and identifies particular families of stars, progressing from the hottest to the coolest. Within each category a description is given of the normal types and all the peculiar stars. The emphasis throughout is on the phenomenology of classification, rather than the underlying astrophysics.

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"...a clear, authoritative account of the taxonomy of stars." Science and Technology Book News

"An excellent introduction to how astronomers are able to do stellar astronomy. The book is very well written and the diagrams and references make it a volume that will be referred to frequently by everyone interested in the problems of stellar classification." Choice

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521389969
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/1990
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 432
  • Product dimensions: 6.85 (w) x 9.72 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface; Part I: 1. Stellar taxonomy; 2. Spectral classification; 3. Spectral classification systems; 4. Photometric classification; 5. Photometric systems; 6. Comparison of classification methods; Part II: 7. Introduction; 8. O-type stars; 9. B-type stars; 10. A-type stars; 11. F-type stars; 12. G-type stars; 13. K-type stars; 14. M-type stars; 15. Degenerates; 16. Further developments.

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