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Astronomy A Physical Perspective

ISBN-10: 0521529271
ISBN-13: 9780521529273
Edition: 2nd 2003 (Revised)
Authors: Marc L. Kutner
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Book details

List price: $115.00
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 7/31/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 598
Size: 5.75" wide x 9.75" long x 2.00" tall
Weight: 1.518
Language: English

This fully revised and updated text is a comprehensive introduction to astronomical objects and phenomena. By applying some basic physical principles to a variety of situations, students will learn how to relate everyday physics to the astronomical world. Starting with the simplest objects, the text contains explanations of how and why astronomical phenomena occur, and how astronomers collect and interpret information about stars, galaxies and the solar system. The text looks at the properties of stars, star formation and evolution; neutron stars and black holes; the nature of galaxies; and the structure of the universe. It examines the past, present and future states of the universe; and final chapters use the concepts that have been developed to study the solar system, its formation; the possibility of finding other planetary systems; and the search for extraterrestrial life. This comprehensive text contains useful equations, chapter summaries, worked examples and end-of-chapter problem sets.

Marc Kutner is a Visiting Scientist in the Astronomy Department of the University of Texas at Austin.

Introduction
Properties of Ordinary Stars
Continuous radiation from stars
Spectral Lines in stars
Telescopes
Binary stars and stellar masses
The Sun: a typical star
Relativity
Special relativity
General relativity
Stellar Evolution
The main sequence
Stellar old age
The death of high mass stars
Evolution in close binaries
Clusters of stars
The Milky Way
Contents of the interstellar medium
Star formation
The Milky Way galaxy
The Universe at Large
Normal galaxies
Clusters of galaxies
Active galaxies
Cosmology
The Big Bang
The Solar System
Overview of the solar system
The Earth and Moon
The inner planets
The outer planets
Minor bodies in the solar system
The origin of life
Appendices

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