A Hundred Billion Stars

By Mario Rigutti

Translated by Mirella Giacconi

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Summary

Starting from the solar system and shooting outward to the hundred billion stars of our galaxy, Mario Rigutti celebrates the wonder of celestial events by making them understandable to the nonscientist. He underscores the power of the methods of modern science by putting them into the context of our everyday lives. Among the subjects Rigutti clarifies along the way are the sources and fate of the sun's energy; the measurement of stellar distances, magnitudes, temperatures, and masses; the spectral classification of the stars; the importance of binary stars; the nature of pulsars, supernovae; and planetary nebulae; the interstellar dust and gas; and the life cycles of stars like the sun and of more massive stars.

Hardcover

Out of Print ISBN: 9780262181112 316 pp. | 6.5 in x 9.75 in 101 Illus., 12 Color

Paperback

Out of Print ISBN: 9780262680509 316 pp. | 6.5 in x 9.75 in 101 Illus., 12 Color

Contributors

Mirella Giacconi.