Extreme Explosions

Supernovae, Hypernovae, Magnetars, and Other Unusual Cosmic Blasts

  • David S. Stevenson

Part of the Astronomers' Universe book series (ASTRONOM)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. An Overview of Stellar Evolution

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. David S. Stevenson
      Pages 3-40
    3. David S. Stevenson
      Pages 41-79
  3. A Walk Across the Rooftops

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 81-81
    2. David S. Stevenson
      Pages 119-152
    3. David S. Stevenson
      Pages 153-164
    4. David S. Stevenson
      Pages 175-198
    5. David S. Stevenson
      Pages 199-228
    6. David S. Stevenson
      Pages 229-237
    7. David S. Stevenson
      Pages 239-251
  4. Thermonuclear Supernovae

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 253-253
    2. David S. Stevenson
      Pages 255-274
    3. David S. Stevenson
      Pages 275-284
  5. In Flagrante Delicto

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 321-321
    2. David S. Stevenson
      Pages 343-350
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 351-369

About this book


What happens at the end of the life of massive stars? At one time we thought all these stars followed similar evolutionary paths. However, new discoveries have shown that things are not quite that simple.


This book focuses on the extreme –the most intense, brilliant and peculiar– of astronomical explosions. It features highly significant observational finds that push the frontiers of astronomy and astrophysics, particularly as before these objects were only predicted in theory.


This book is for those who want the latest information and ideas about the most dramatic and unusual explosions detected by current supernova searches. It examines and explains cataclysmic and unusual events in stellar astrophysics and presents them in a non-mathematical but highly detailed way that non-professionals can understand and enjoy.


Astronomical explosions Astronomical observations Evolution of stars Hypergiant stars Massive stars Red Novae Star deaths Stellar astrophysics Supernova explosions Variable stars

Authors and affiliations

  • David S. Stevenson
    • 1
  1. 1.NottinghamUnited Kingdom

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