The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Stars
By (author) James B. Kaler
Cambridge Encyclopedia of Stars by James B. Kaler
Book DescriptionThis unique encyclopedia provides a fascinating and fully comprehensive description of stars and their natures and is filled with beautiful color images. The book begins by telling the story of astronomy, from ancient constellations and star names to the modern coordinate system. Further chapters explain magnitudes, distances, star motions and the Galaxy at large. Double stars, clusters and variables are introduced and once the different kinds of stars are in place, later chapters examine stellar evolution, beginning with the interstellar medium and star formation, proceeding to our Sun and its characteristics and then the ageing process of solar-type and high mass stars. The book ends by showing how this information can be combined into a grand synthesis. Detailed cross-referencing enables the reader to explore topics in depth and makes this an invaluable work both for beginners and those with a more advanced interest in stars and stellar evolution.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521818032
(276mm x 219mm x 26mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 20-Nov-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Heaven's Touch, Hardback (July 2009)
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Hundred Greatest Stars, Hardback (June 2002)
While there are guides to the visible sky, this is the first book to encompass the most important stars known in the universe at a level accessible to the layperson. The noted astronomer James Kaler takes us on a tour of the 100 most interesting stars, describing their characteristics and importance in words and vivid pictures.
Ever-Changing Sky, Paperback (March 2002)» View all books by James B. Kaler
A comprehensive and uniquely non-mathematical guide to spherical astronomy and the changing night sky.
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Author Biography - James B. Kaler
Jim Kaler is Emeritus Professor of Astronomy at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
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