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The Invisible Sky: ROSAT and the Age of X-Ray Astronomy

By: B Aschenbach, HM Hahn and J Trümper

175 pages, Col photos, figs


Hardback | Dec 1998 | #96021 | ISBN: 0387949283
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Offers fascinating images and engaging accounts of a wide range of Solar-System and deep space objects such as Comet Hyakutake, the Sun, the Moon and objects outside the Milky Way.


Preface; Introduction; The Invisible Sky; The History of X-Ray Astronomy; X-Rays from the Sun?- A Fortuitous Discovery; Filling up the Sky; The Moon as Observing Assistant; Rotating Blinders; With Uhuru Toward New Frontiers; Cygnus Cycles; Magnetic Remote Sensing; Einstein and EXOSAT; ROSAT Odash Creating a Satellite; A New Type of Detector; A Key Experience; Pulsars Odash Energy Beacons in the Universe; The HEXE Balloon Program; The Search for the Black Hole; Contacts with Moscow; ROSAT Odash The ROentgen SATellite Project; Grazing Reflections; Technical Preparations; Difficult Production; How to Glue Glass to Metal?- ROSAT Goes International; Imaging of X-Rays; An Artificial "Optic Nerve; Building a Satellite; Commands from Bavari; Early Morning Shock; The Most Accurate X-Ray Map; Astro-Navigation for ROSAT; X-Ray Astronomy in Our Galaxy; X-Rays from a Comet; X-Rays from the Moon; The Demystification of the Sky; The Sun as a Prototypical Star; What Heats the Corona?; The Hertzsprung-Russell Diagram; Helpful Mass Screenings; Magnetic Fields Determine; X-Ray Luminosity; ROSAT Registers Strongest X-Ray Burst; X-Ray Views into Cosmic Delivery Rooms; X-Rays from the Sirius System; The End of a Solar-Type Star; Consequences of Proximity; The Source of the X-Rays; Magnetic White Dwarfs; A Mysterious Gap; Exploding Stars; Supernova 1987 A; ROSAT's First Measurements; The Fast Supernova 1993; Galactic Supernovae; A Stellar Explosion in the Stone Age; Supersonic Stellar Debris; Pulsars in X-Rays; Revealing Cooling; Enigma Geminga; Classical X-Ray Binaries; Difficult Search; Black Holes; The Particle Slingshot SS 433; Impenetrable Clouds; A Hot Neighborhood; Bubbles in the Milky Way; The Galactic Center; Perhaps a Black Hole?- X-Ray Astronomy Outside Our Galaxy; Our Nearest Neighbors; Fusion Processes on the Surface; A New X-Ray Pulsar; Super-Bubbles in the LMC; The 30 Doradus Complex; The Andromeda Galaxy; Starburst Galaxies; Active Galaxies; An End to the Confusing Variety; Multispectral Cooperation; Gigantic Energy Beacons; Clusters of Galaxies; A Deep View Through the Lockman Hole; Epilogue; List of Acronyms; Index.

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