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Description - Understanding Variable Stars by John R. Percy

This book was first published in 2007. Variable stars are those that change brightness. Their variability may be due to geometric processes such as rotation, or eclipse by a companion star, or physical processes such as vibration, flares, or cataclysmic explosions. In each case, variable stars provide unique information about the properties of stars, and the processes that go on within them. This book provides a concise overview of variable stars, including a historical perspective, an introduction to stars in general, the techniques for discovering and studying variable stars, and a description of the main types of variable stars. It ends with short reflections about the connection between the study of variable stars, and research, education, amateur astronomy, and public interest in astronomy. This book is intended for anyone with some background knowledge of astronomy, but is especially suitable for undergraduate students and experienced amateur astronomers who can contribute to our understanding of these important stars.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780521232531
ISBN-10: 0521232538
Format: Hardback
(254mm x 178mm x 22mm)
Pages: 374
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 24-May-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - John R. Percy

John R. Percy is Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of Toronto. He is the world authority on variable star observation and author of books on astronomy and science education (especially astronomy).

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