Introduction to the Sun and Stars

ISBN-10: 0521546222
ISBN-13: 9780521546225
Edition: 2004
List price: $79.99
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Description: Compiled by a team of experts, this textbook has been designed for elementary university courses in astronomy and astrophysics. Beginning with a discussion of our nearest star, the Sun, the volume then considers how astronomers study the basic  More...

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Book details

List price: $79.99
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 2/26/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 379
Size: 8.00" wide x 10.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.078
Language: English

Compiled by a team of experts, this textbook has been designed for elementary university courses in astronomy and astrophysics. Beginning with a discussion of our nearest star, the Sun, the volume then considers how astronomers study the basic physical properties and life-cycles of more distant stars. Exotic objects such as black holes are also introduced. The text contains numerous useful learning features such as boxed summaries, student exercises with full solutions, and a glossary of terms. It is also supported by a website hosting further teaching materials. Written in an accessible style that avoids complex mathematics, this book is suitable for self-study and will appeal to amateur astronomers as well as undergraduate students.

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Introduction
Seeing the Sun
The working Sun
Measuring stars
Comparing stars
The formation of stars
The main sequence life of stars
The life of stars beyond the main sequence
The death of stars
The remnants of stars
Conclusion
Answers and comments
Useful quantities and units
Stellar nomenclature
The 100 closest stars to the Sun
The 100 brightest stars visible from Earth
The chemical elements and their abundances
Glossary
Acknowledgements
Index

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