The 16th volume in the annual series on recent developments and scientific progress in astronomy and astrophysics contains thirteen invited reviews presented during the International Scientific Conference of the Society on "The Cosmic Circuit of Matter", held in Berlin, Germany. Readers also learn about the lecture on the behaviour of stars by infrared interferometry given by Charles H. Townes, Berkeley, USA who was awarded the Karl Schwarzschild medal 2002. Further contributions on the topic provide, among other, the latest results on the Solar atmosphere, formation of stars, substellar objects, galaxies and clusters of galaxies.
The Behavior of Stars Observed by Infrared Interferometry (Charles H. Townes). Star Formation in Turbulent Interstellar Gas (Ralf S. Klessen). Dynamics of Small Scale Motions in the Solar Photosphere (Arnold Hanslmeier). The Interstellar Medium and Star Formation: The Impact of Massive Stars (Jose Franco, et al.). Circuit of Dust in Substellar Objects (Christiane Helling). Hot Stars: Old Fashioned or Trendy (A.W.A. Pauldrach). Gas and Dust Mass Loss of O rich AGB stars (Franz Kerschbaum, et al.). Finding the Most Metal poor Stars of the Galactic Halo with the Hamburg/ESO Objecrive prism Survey (Norbert Christlieb). A Tale of Bars and Starbursts: Dense Gas in the Central Regions of Galaxies (Susanne Huttemeister). Tip AGB Mass Loss on the Galactic Scale (Klaus Peter Schroder). The Dusty Sight of Galaxies: ISOPHOT Surveys of Normal Galaxies, ULIRGS and Quasars (Ulrich Klaas). Abundance Evolution with Cosmic Time (James W. Truran). Matter and Energy in Clusters of Galaxies as Probes for Galaxy and Large Scale Structure Formation in the Universe (Hans Bohringer) Index of Contributors. General Table of Contents. General Index of Contributors.
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Reinhard E. Schielicke, Ph.D. Universitats Sternwarte Jena, University of Jena, Germany in association with The Astronomical Society of Germany