Stars

Greg Brown

Stars

Greg Brown

Distributed for Royal Museums Greenwich

120 pages | 10 color plates | 4 1/4 x 7
Paper $12.95 ISBN: 9781906367817 Published August 2021 For Sale in USA and Canada Only
An illuminating, accessible guide to the night sky, written by an expert astronomer. 

Whether stargazing with the naked eye or observing deep space with the largest telescopes in the world, humans have a seemingly never-ending fascination with the stars. Our ancestors saw patterns in their random arrangement, inventing both tales of legendary heroes and the pastime of dot-to-dot in one fell swoop. But it’s only in the last century or so that the natures of these distant lights have been revealed—and it’s more incredible than any legend.

How are stars born? How long do they live? And just how many times can you read the word ‘trillion’ before it starts sounding made up? Find out as astronomer Greg Brown of Royal Observatory Greenwich takes a short diversion from obsessing over black holes to illuminate the lives of stars—and black holes, naturally.
Contents
Introduction

Our Sun: A Model Star?
So a Failed Analogue?
The Nuclear Furnace
The Births of Stars
The (Mostly Boring) Lives of Stars
The (Mostly Exciting) Deaths of Stars
Why Nothing in Science is Ever That Easy

Glossary
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