An Introduction to the Sun and Stars / Edition 1

An Introduction to the Sun and Stars / Edition 1

by Simon F. Green
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521546222

ISBN-13: 9780521546225

Pub. Date: 03/28/2004

Publisher: The Open University

Compiled by a team of experts, this textbook has been designed for elementary university courses in astronomy and astrophysics. Beginning with a discussion of our nearest star, the Sun, the volume then considers how astronomers study the basic physical properties and life-cycles of more distant stars. Exotic objects such as black holes are also introduced. The text

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Compiled by a team of experts, this textbook has been designed for elementary university courses in astronomy and astrophysics. Beginning with a discussion of our nearest star, the Sun, the volume then considers how astronomers study the basic physical properties and life-cycles of more distant stars. Exotic objects such as black holes are also introduced. The text contains numerous useful learning features such as boxed summaries, student exercises with full solutions, and a glossary of terms. It is also supported by a website hosting further teaching materials. Written in an accessible style that avoids complex mathematics, this book is suitable for self-study and will appeal to amateur astronomers as well as undergraduate students.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521546225
Publisher:
The Open University
Publication date:
03/28/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
380
Product dimensions:
8.27(w) x 10.35(h) x 0.91(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. Seeing the Sun; 2. The working Sun; 3. Measuring stars; 4. Comparing stars; 5. The formation of stars; 6. The main sequence life of stars; 7. The life of stars beyond the main sequence; 8. The death of stars; 9. The remnants of stars; Conclusion; Answers and comments; Appendix 1. Useful quantities and units; Appendix 2. Stellar nomenclature; Appendix 3. The 100 closest stars to the Sun; Appendix 4. The 100 brightest stars visible from Earth; Appendix 5. The chemical elements and their abundances; Glossary; Acknowledgements; Index.

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