Stars and their Spectra: An Introduction to the Spectral Sequence / Edition 1

Stars and their Spectra: An Introduction to the Spectral Sequence / Edition 1

by James B. Kaler
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521585708

ISBN-13: 9780521585705

Pub. Date: 03/27/1997

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This unique and informative text describes how stars are classified according to their spectral qualities and temperature. James Kaler explains the alphabet of stellar astronomy, running from cool M stars to hot O stars, and tells the story of their evolution. Before embarking on a voyage of cosmic discovery, the author discusses the fundamental properties of stars,…  See more details below

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This unique and informative text describes how stars are classified according to their spectral qualities and temperature. James Kaler explains the alphabet of stellar astronomy, running from cool M stars to hot O stars, and tells the story of their evolution. Before embarking on a voyage of cosmic discovery, the author discusses the fundamental properties of stars, their atomic structure and the formation of spectra. Then, Kaler considers each star type individually and explores its spectra in detail. A review of unusual, hard-to-classify stars, and a discussion of data related to the birth, life and death of stars round out the text. This book is an important resource for all amateur astronomers and students of astronomy. Professionals will find it a refreshing read as well.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521585705
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
03/27/1997
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.85(w) x 9.72(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations; List of tables and displays; Acknowledgements; 1. Stars; 2. Atoms and spectra; 3. The spectral sequence; 4. The M stars: red supergiants to dwarfs; 5. The K stars: orange giants and brighter dwarfs; 6. Our sun and its cousins: the G stars; 7. Class F: stars in transition; 8. The white stars of class A; 9. The B stars: beacons of light; 10. Class O: the head of the spectral sequence; 11. Extraordinary classes; 12. Journeys on the HR diagram; Star index; Subject index.

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