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By Pankaj Jain

ISBN-10: 1439885907

ISBN-13: 9781439885901

Astronomy is the sector of technology dedicated to the research of astronomical gadgets, similar to stars, galaxies, and nebulae. Astronomers have collected a wealth of information concerning the universe via countless numbers of years of painstaking observations. those observations are interpreted via actual and chemical legislation common to mankind. those interpretations provide information regarding the character of those astronomical items, bearing in mind the deduction in their floor and inside stipulations. The technology linked to those interpretations is termed astrophysics.

An advent to Astronomy and Astrophysics

offers a entire creation to astronomy and astrophysics, whole with illustrative examples and illuminating homework difficulties. Requiring a familiarity with uncomplicated physics and arithmetic, this undergraduate-level textbook:

  • Addresses key physics ideas proper to stellar observations, together with radiation, electromagnetic spectrum, photometry, non-stop and discrete spectrum, and spectral lines
  • Describes tools used for astronomical observations in addition to how the radiation obtained is characterised and interpreted to figure out the houses of stars
  • Examines the constitution of stars, the fundamental equations which clarify stars in equilibrium, and the fusion reactions taking place in stellar cores
  • Discusses the evolution of stars, the sunlight method, the dynamics of galaxies, and the basics of contemporary cosmology
  • Explores the universe at excessive redshifts, the place it truly is ruled via gadgets reminiscent of lively galaxies

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An advent to Astronomy and Astrophysics

teaches scholars the way to interpret the evening sky, supplying them with a serious knowing of the celebrities and different heavenly bodies.

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Astronomy is the sphere of technological know-how dedicated to the examine of astronomical items, resembling stars, galaxies, and nebulae. Astronomers have accumulated a wealth of data concerning the universe via enormous quantities of years of painstaking observations. those observations are interpreted by means of actual and chemical legislation ordinary to mankind.

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The position and velocity of any object are both vector quantities. A vector quantity has magnitude as well as direction. In contrast, quantities such as height, thickness, and radius are scalars and only have magnitude, but no direction. For example, if we wish to specify the position of a star, we need to give both its distance from us as well as the direction of its location. Hence it is a vector quantity and we call it the position vector of a star. Similarly, the velocity vector gives us information about the total speed of an object as well as its direction of motion.

What we typically observe is the visible light emitted by different atoms and ions at the surface of stars. This gives us information about the temperature, relative density of different elements and their state of ionization at the stellar surface. We also observe the Universe at other wavelengths, such as radio, microwave, infrared, ultraviolet, x-rays, and gamma-rays. Excluding the radio, most of these observations are made using space-based telescopes, as these frequencies are strongly absorbed by the Earth’s atmosphere.

The distance as well as µ are both extracted simultaneously by parallax measurements. The proper motion of all stars is observed to be approximately independent of time. Hence this gives a contribution to parallax that increases linearly with time (t) in a fixed direction, that is, δθ = µt. In contrast, as discussed above, the star appears to move in an ellipse due to the annual motion of the Earth. Hence this contribution does not show a linear dependence on time and also changes direction. In particular, it becomes zero after one complete year.

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