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Atoms, Stars, and Nebulae - Lawrence H. Aller

Atoms, Stars, and Nebulae

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In a nontechnical fashion, this book tells the story of how astronomy and physics work together to unravel many mysteries of stars and nebulae. Professor Aller's descriptions stress deeper understanding of these objects, not just a mere review of facts. After a succinct, nonmathematical excursion into the principles of radiation and atomic structure, he explains in simple terms the physical processes at work in stars and gaseous nebulae. A survey of masses, dimensions, luminosities, temperatures, and chemical compositions of stars is followed by an exploration of their interiors and how stars generate energy. The life histories of stars, from origin through final demise, sometimes through variability to beautiful nebulae, sometimes via violent explosions as supernovae, is recounted in detail. The exotic life histories of many double stars, some of which produce novae, are also described, and the origins of chemical elements in dense stellar cores and the vital role played by gas and dust between the stars is explained. The book closes with an account of the exciting new field of high-energy astronomy and the origin of cosmic rays. This is the ideal introduction to the important field of modern astrophysics for physics and astronomy students. It should also appeal to amateur astronomers interested in the life history of a star, be it a modest one such as our sun or a massive object destined to become a supernovae.

"Aiming his book at the interested lay reader, Aller has written an excellent and detailed account of where stars come from, what makes them shine, how they evolve, and what happens when their lives have run their course." Astronomy "Aller's remarkable book is highly recommended as a brief, nonmathematical survey of the basics of modern astrophysics." Choice

Introducing stars and nebulae
Stellar rainbows
Atoms and molecules
The climate in a stellar atmosphere
Analysing the stars
Dwarfs, giants, and supergiants
What makes a star shine?
The youth and middle age of a common star
Wind, dust and pulsations
A star's last hurray?
The interstellar medium and gaseous nebulae
Uncommon stars and their sometimes violent behaviour
High energy astronomy
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ISBN: 9780521325127
ISBN-10: 0521325129
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 384
Published: 21st August 2014
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 25.4 x 17.8  x 2.2
Weight (kg): 0.88
Edition Number: 3