This fully revised and updated text is a comprehensive introduction to astronomical objects and phenomena. By applying some basic physical principles to a variety of situations, students will learn how to relate everyday physics to the astronomical world. Starting with the simplest objects, the text contains explanations of how and why astronomical phenomena occur, and how astronomers collect and interpret information about stars, galaxies and the solar system. The text looks at the properties of stars, star formation and evolution; neutron stars and black holes; the nature of galaxies; and the structure of the universe. It examines the past, present and future states of the universe; and final chapters use the concepts that have been developed to study the solar system, its formation; the possibility of finding other planetary systems; and the search for extraterrestrial life. This comprehensive text contains useful equations, chapter summaries, worked examples and end-of-chapter problem sets.
Marc Kutner is a Visiting Scientist in the Astronomy Department of the University of Texas at Austin.
1. Introduction; Part I. Properties of Ordinary Stars: 2. Continuous radiation from stars; 3. Spectral Lines in stars; 4. Telescopes; 5. Binary stars and stellar masses; 6. The Sun: a typical star; Part II. Relativity: 7. Special relativity; 8. General relativity; Part III. Stellar Evolution: 9. The main sequence; 10. Stellar old age; 11. The death of high mass stars; 12. Evolution in close binaries; 13. Clusters of stars; Part IV. The Milky Way: 14. Contents of the interstellar medium; 15. Star formation; 16. The Milky Way galaxy; Part V. The Universe at Large: 17. Normal galaxies; 18. Clusters of galaxies; 19. Active galaxies; 20. Cosmology; 21. The Big Bang; Part VI. The Solar System: 22. Overview of the solar system; 23. The Earth and Moon; 24. The inner planets; 25. The outer planets; 26. Minor bodies in the solar system; 27. The origin of life; Appendices.