Starlight

Author: Keith Robinson
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 9781441907080
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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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.

Stars and Their Spectra

Author: James B. Kaler
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 0521899540
Format: PDF, ePub
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Revised and expanded, the second edition of this popular book provides a thorough introduction to stellar spectra. Each chapter explores a different star type, including new classes L and T. With modern digital spectra and updates from two decades of astronomical discoveries, it is invaluable for amateur astronomers and students.

Spectroscopy The Key to the Stars

Author: Keith Robinson
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 0387682880
Format: PDF, Kindle
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This is the first non-technical book on spectroscopy written specifically for practical amateur astronomers. It includes all the science necessary for a qualitative understanding of stellar spectra, but avoids a mathematical treatment which would alienate many of its intended readers. Any amateur astronomer who carries out observational spectroscopy and who wants a non-technical account of the physical processes which determine the intensity and profile morphology of lines in stellar spectra will find this is the only book written specially for them. It is an ideal companion to existing books on observational amateur astronomical spectroscopy.

Unlocking the Secrets of White Dwarf Stars

Author: Hugh Van Horn
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 331909369X
Format: PDF
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White dwarfs, each containing about as much mass as our Sun but packed into a volume about the size of Earth, are the endpoints of evolution for most stars. Thousands of these faint objects have now been discovered, though only a century ago only three were known. They are among the most common stars in the Milky Way Galaxy, and they have become important tools in understanding the universe. Yet a century ago only three white dwarfs were known. The existence of these stars completely baffled the scientists of the day, and solving the mysteries of these strange objects required revolutionary advances in science and technology, including the development of quantum physics, the construction and utilization of large telescopes, the invention of the digital computer, and the ability to make astronomical observations from space. This book tells the story of the growth in our understanding of white dwarf stars, set within the context of the relevant scientific and technological advances. Part popular science, part historical narrative, this book is authored by one of the astrophysicists who participated directly in uncovering some of the secrets of white dwarf stars.

A Question and Answer Guide to Astronomy

Author: Carol Christian
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1108211321
Format: PDF
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Are we alone in the Universe? Was there anything before the Big Bang? Are there other universes? What makes stars shine? Where does Earth's water come from? Why is the night sky dark? Was there ever life on Mars? How do telescopes work? This engaging guide book answers all these questions and hundreds more, making it a practical reference for anyone who has ever wondered what is out in the cosmos, where it all comes from, and how it all works. Richly illustrated in color throughout, it gives simple yet rigorous explanations in non-technical language, summarizing current astronomical knowledge, without overlooking the important underlying scientific principles. This second edition includes substantial new material throughout, including the latest findings from the New Horizons, Rosetta, and Dawn space missions, and images from professional telescopes such as the Hubble Space Telescope and the Atacama Large Millimeter Array.

Observing Nebulae

Author: Martin Griffiths
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 3319328840
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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This book enables anyone with suitable instruments to undertake an examination of nebulae and see or photograph them in detail. Nebulae, ethereal clouds of gas and dust, are among the most beautiful objects to view in the night sky. These star-forming regions are a common target for observers and photographers. Griffiths describes many of the brightest and best nebulae and includes some challenges for the more experienced observer. Readers learn the many interesting astrophysical properties of these clouds, which are an important subject of study in astronomy and astrobiology. Non-mathematical in approach, the text is easily accessible to anyone with an interest in the subject. A special feature is the inclusion of an observational guide to 70 objects personally observed or imaged by the author. The guide also includes photographs of each object for ease of identification along with their celestial coordinates, magnitudes and other pertinent information. Observing Nebulae provides a ready resource to allow anyone with a little experience in astronomy, whether professional or amateur, to locate, identify and record the nebulae in our home galaxy. The author enables the observer to use a telescope and filters to the best advantage to see these celestial wonders, or to couple filters to a CCD camera or digital SLR camera in order to take quality images of celestial objects. By using these techniques it is even possible to make a valid contribution to professional investigations. And the views are unbeatable.

Introduction to Astronomical Photometry

Author: Edwin Budding
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521847117
Format: PDF
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Review of astronomical photometry for graduate students, researchers and advanced amateurs in practical and observational astronomy.

Astronomy with Small Telescopes

Author: Stephen Tonkin
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 1447102290
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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Small telescopes, whether simple beginners' telescopes or refined computer-controlled instruments, are gaining popularity fast as technology improves and public interest increases. In this book the author has brought together the experience of small telescope users to provide an insightful look into just what is possible. It is written for newcomers to astronomy and experts. Topics covered include: refractors, reflectors, advanced catadioptric telescopes, and a simple radio telescope. Almost everyone with an interest in practical astronomy will want this book.

Astronomy

Author: Dinah L. Moché
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 9780470481462
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Discover the wonders of the night sky with this bestselling Astronomy Guide For a generation, Astronomy: A Self-Teaching Guide has introduced hundreds of thousands of readers worldwide to the night sky. Now this classic beginner's guide has been completely revised to bring it up to date with the latest discoveries. Updated with the latest, most accurate information and more than 100 new graphics and photos, this Seventh Edition features: Web site addresses throughout for the best color images and astronomy resources online Technical ideas made simple without mathematics A beautiful new full-color, glossy insert with spectacular astro-images An interactive format with learning goals, reviews, self-tests, and answers for fast learning Five beginners' Star and Moon maps for fun stargazing Dinah L. Moché, Ph.D., is Professor of Physics and Astronomy at the City University of New York. An award-winning author and lecturer, her books have sold over ten million copies in seven languages.

Philip s Practical Astronomy

Author: Storm Dunlop
Publisher: Sterling Publishing Company
ISBN: 9780540079582
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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This introduction to observational astronomy shows to observe all kinds of celestial objects, from the planets and comets in our Solar System, to intriguing deep sky objects in the universe beyond. The first part, Beginning Astronomy provides the essential information on how to observe, either with the naked eye, binoculars or a small telescope; when and where to look; how to find your way around the sky by constellation-hopping; how to use star maps and planispheres; and how to record you observations with drawings and photographs. The second part Exploring the Sky, looks in more detail at all the objects the amateur can view, from aurorae and meteors (shooting stars), to the Moon, Sun, planets and comets, and beyond to stars, nebulae, the Milky Way and other galaxies.