An Introduction to the Sun and Stars

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Cambridge University Press, Feb 26, 2004 - Science - 373 pages
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Compiled by a team of experts, this textbook has been designed for elementary university courses in astronomy and astrophysics. Beginning with a discussion of our nearest star, the Sun, the volume then considers how astronomers study the basic physical properties and life-cycles of more distant stars. Exotic objects such as black holes are also introduced. The text contains numerous useful learning features such as boxed summaries, student exercises with full solutions, and a glossary of terms. It is also supported by a website hosting further teaching materials. Written in an accessible style that avoids complex mathematics, this book is suitable for self-study and will appeal to amateur astronomers as well as undergraduate students.
  

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Contents

CONTENTS
1
THE WORKING SUN
43
MEASURING STARS
85
COMPARING STARS
129
THE FORMATION OF STARS
151
THE MAIN SEQUENCE LIFE OF STARS
175
THE LIFE OF STARS BEYOND THE MAIN
197
THE DEATH OF STARS
219
THE REMNANTS OF STARS
243
CONCLUSION
281
APPENDICES
328
Appendix A5 The chemical elements and their abundances
341
FURTHER READING
359
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