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Starlight

An Introduction to Stellar Physics for Amateurs

  • Keith Robinson

Part of the Patrick Moore's Practical Astronomy Series book series (PATRICKMOORE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Keith Robinson
    Pages 1-5
  3. Keith Robinson
    Pages 7-22
  4. Keith Robinson
    Pages 23-57
  5. Keith Robinson
    Pages 59-85
  6. Keith Robinson
    Pages 145-173
  7. Keith Robinson
    Pages 175-214
  8. Keith Robinson
    Pages 215-233
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 265-277

About this book

Introduction

When you look up at the sky at night and see the stars, do you understand what you’re looking at? What is starlight made up of, and how does it travel to us? How are stars born, and how do they die? How do we figure out how far away are the stars and how massive they are? Can we know which stars will go supernova and which will end up as white dwarfs or black holes? How long will our Sun continue to shine down on us, and how do we know its age?

There are so many questions, and in this engaging and informative book by Keith Robinson, which serves as a companion to his very popular earlier book called Spectroscopy – the Key to the Stars, you will learn the basics of stellar physics and the answers to many of these questions, as well as how to figure out some of those answers for yourself.

We have come so far in our understanding of stellar light and heat. By reading this book, you, too, can understand many of the secrets of the fiery Sun that rules our Solar System and the gemlike points of light in the night sky.

Keywords

Keith Robinson astronomy Star astronomy books astrophysics introduction stellar physics stellar stellar physics explained stellar processes

Authors and affiliations

  • Keith Robinson
    • 1
  1. 1.Scotforth, LancasterUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-0708-0
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag New York 2009
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4419-0707-3
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4419-0708-0
  • Series Print ISSN 1431-9756
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