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Starlight: An Introduction to Stellar Physics for Amateurs

Handbook / Manual

Series: The Patrick Moore Practical Astronomy Series

By: Keith Robinson

277 pages, 74 b/w illus


Paperback | Oct 2009 | #185518 | ISBN-13: 9781441907073
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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.

Aus den Rezensionen: "... Es sei betont, dass das vorliegende Buch eine sehr einfache Heranfuhrung an die Sternphysik darstellt. ... Dieses Buch hat ein Amateur fur Amateure geschrieben, was die Gefahr fachlicher Unlesbarkeit vermindert haben durfte. ... Der Versuch, dieses komplexe Thema dem durchschnittlich begabten Amateurastronomen nahe zu bringen und fur diesen die entsprechende Sammelarbeit zu ubernehmen, darf als gelungen betrachtet werden."(Thomas Eversberg, in: Sterne und Weltraum, 2011, Issue 3, S. 112)


Chapter 1: Introduction - The River of Starlight Chapter 2: Starlight by Numbers Chapter 3: From Light to Starlight Chapter 4: Space - The Great Radiation Field Chapter 5: A Multitude of Magnitudes for the Colors of Starlight Chapter 6: The Photons Must Get Through - Radiative Transfer Chapter 7: First Look Inside a Star - The Atmosphere Chapter 8: Deep Inside a Star Chapter 9: In the Space Between Stars Chapter 10: A Star Story - 10 Billion Years in the Making Appendix 1: The Greek Alphabet Appendix 2: Astronomical and Physical Units and Constants Appendix 3: The Doppler Effect Index

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