Alchemy of the Heavens
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Alchemy of the Heavens by Ken Croswell
Book Description"The Alchemy Of The Heavens" offers an exciting and accessible survey of what we know about our galaxy. The home of the earth, the sun, and countless other stars, the Milky Way has long been an object of human fascintation, but it's been in the last forty years that astromoners and astrophysicists have made the most startling discoveries about our galaxy. Author Ken Croswell reveals that the Milky Way formed as many earlier galaxies collopsed and smashed together; that may of the elements in the galaxy--including the iron and carbon that course through our bodies--were born in exploding supernovae; that in all likelihood there is a massive black hole at the center of the galaxy, with a million times more mass than the sun, and that the Milky Way's oldest stars preserve the elements created in the big bang, thereby serving as "fossils" of the universe's earliest days.A captivating journey through the modern astronomy of the Milky Way, Croswell shows us how a deeper understanding of the nature and working of the galaxy can offer larger clues into the origins of the universe itself.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780385472142
(216mm x 146mm x 22mm)
Imprint: Random House South Africa
Publisher: Random House (Pty) Ltd South Africa
Publish Date: 1-Jan-1980
Country of Publication: South Africa
Books By Author Ken Croswell
Lives of Stars, Hardback (October 2009)
Scientists have discovered a tremendous variety of star types, each with a fascinating biography and a strange fate in store. Born in a cloud of gas and dust, a new star is ignited by the explosion of a dying star nearby. Using photos of space objects, this work leads us on a tour of the stars - the young, the aging, and the dead but still active.
Ten Worlds, Hardback (November 2007)» View all books by Ken Croswell
Presents the story of the tenth world, Eris. This book aims to inform readers about the discovery of Eris and the argument about what makes a planet. It includes photographs of the planets and the seven biggest moons in the solar system.
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