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

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

by Keith Robinson
     
 

When you look up at the sky at night and see the stars, do you understand what you’re looking at? What is starlight made up of, and how does it travel to us? How are stars born, and how do they die? How do we figure out how far away are the stars and how massive they are? Can we know which stars will go supernova and which will end up as white dwarfs or black

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When you look up at the sky at night and see the stars, do you understand what you’re looking at? What is starlight made up of, and how does it travel to us? How are stars born, and how do they die? How do we figure out how far away are the stars and how massive they are? Can we know which stars will go supernova and which will end up as white dwarfs or black holes? How long will our Sun continue to shine down on us, and how do we know its age?

There are so many questions, and in this engaging and informative book by Keith Robinson, which serves as a companion to his very popular earlier book called Spectroscopy – the Key to the Stars, you will learn the basics of stellar physics and the answers to many of these questions, as well as how to figure out some of those answers for yourself.

We have come so far in our understanding of stellar light and heat. By reading this book, you, too, can understand many of the secrets of the fiery Sun that rules our Solar System and the gemlike points of light in the night sky.

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Product Details

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

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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

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