The New Astronomy / Edition 2

The New Astronomy / Edition 2

by Nigel Henbest, Michael Marten
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521408717

ISBN-13: 9780521408714

Pub. Date: 08/28/1996

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

There's more to the Universe than meets the eye. In a marvelous review of multi-wavelength astronomy, The New Astronomy compares traditional optical images to infrared, ultraviolet, radio, and X-ray astronomical observations of a staggering variety of cosmic objects. With over 300 photographs and images obtained by telescopes and detectors operating at different

Overview

There's more to the Universe than meets the eye. In a marvelous review of multi-wavelength astronomy, The New Astronomy compares traditional optical images to infrared, ultraviolet, radio, and X-ray astronomical observations of a staggering variety of cosmic objects. With over 300 photographs and images obtained by telescopes and detectors operating at different wavelengths, the authors present startlingly different views of the solar system, stars, galaxies and, in this new edition, Halley's Comet and Supernova 1987A. Specially processed by astronomers worldwide, these images reveal in spectacular detail otherwise invisible events such as starbirth, stardeath, and distant quasar eruptions. Emphasizing the physical processes that produce astronomical radiation, they explain how the observations have expanded our existing knowledge and provided new discoveries. They also describe the new techniques in nontechnical language. By giving equal weight to observations at all wavelengths, this book corrects the bias toward optical astronomy and objectively presents all views of the Universe. It will appeal to everyone interested in the mysteries of astronomy. Nigel Henbest and Michael Marten previously collaborated (along with Heather Couper) on The Guide to the Galaxy (CUP, 1994).

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521408714
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
08/28/1996
Edition description:
Revised
Pages:
242
Product dimensions:
8.46(w) x 10.87(h) x 0.71(d)

Table of Contents

1. The new astronomy; 2. Solar system; 3. Optical astronomy; 4. Starbirth; 5. Infrared astronomy; 6. Stardeath; 7. Radio astronomy; 8. Milky Way system; 9. Ultraviolet astronomy; 10. Normal galaxies; 11. X-ray and gamma-ray astronomy; 12. Active galaxies and beyond; Picture credits; Index.

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