Starlight: An Introduction to Stellar Physics for Amateurs / Edition 1

Starlight: An Introduction to Stellar Physics for Amateurs / Edition 1

by Keith Robinson
     
 

ISBN-10: 1441907076

ISBN-13: 9781441907073

Pub. Date: 11/01/2009

Publisher: Springer New York

This is a book about the physics of stars and starlight. The story of starlight is truly fascinating. Astronomers analyze and interpret the light from stars using photometry and spectroscopy, then inspirational detective work combines with the laws of physics to reveal the temperatures, masses, luminosities and outer structure of these far away points of light. The

…  See more details below

Overview

This is a book about the physics of stars and starlight. The story of starlight is truly fascinating. Astronomers analyze and interpret the light from stars using photometry and spectroscopy, then inspirational detective work combines with the laws of physics to reveal the temperatures, masses, luminosities and outer structure of these far away points of light. The laws of physics themselves enable us to journey to the very center of a star and to understand its inner structure and source of energy!

Starlight provides an in-depth study of stellar astrophysics that requires only basic high school mathematics and physics, making it accessible to all amateur astronomers. Starlight teaches amateur astronomers about the physics of stars and starlight in a friendly, easy-to-read way. The reader will take away a profoundly deeper understanding of this truly fascinating subject – and find his practical observations more rewarding and fulfilling as a result.

Read More

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781441907073
Publisher:
Springer New York
Publication date:
11/01/2009
Series:
The Patrick Moore Practical Astronomy Series
Edition description:
2009
Pages:
277
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)

Related Subjects

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction – The River of Starlight

Chapter 2: Starlight by Numbers

Chapter 3: From Light to Starlight

Chapter 4: Space – The Great Radiation Field

Chapter 5: A Multitude of Magnitudes for the Colors of Starlight

Chapter 6: The Photons Must Get Through – Radiative Transfer

Chapter 7: First Look Inside a Star – The Atmosphere

Chapter 8: Deep Inside a Star

Chapter 9: In the Space Between Stars

Chapter 10: A Star Story – 10 Billion Years in the Making

Appendix 1: The Greek Alphabet

Appendix 2: Astronomical and Physical Units and Constants

Appendix 3: The Doppler Effect

Index

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >