The Hundred Greatest Stars

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Springer Science & Business Media, Jun 19, 2002 - Science - 213 pages
There are as many different kinds of stars as there are stars themselves. Each an individual, every one unique. In this arresting and lavishly illustrated volume, noted astronomy writer and teacher Jim Kaler choose 100 stars to illustrate the mind-boggling variety of the stars' shapes and sizes, their immense ages, and the vast range of configurations in which they exist.||From AG Draconis to Z Andromedae, this alphabetically arranged volume first lists each star's resident constellation, its class, its apparent brightness as viewed from Earth, its distance from our Sun, and its visual luminosity. Then the real story begins. In choosing his "top 100," Kaler has aimed not just at providing a representative sample of the Universe's extraordinarily diverse population, but at capturing their complexity, their dynamism, and the amazing view they provide into the extraordinary physical forces at play in the Universe.||James B. Kaler is Professor of Astronomy at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has held both Fulbright and Guggenheim Fellowships, and has been awarded medals for his work from the University of Liege (Belgium) and the University of Mexico. He is the author of six books and dozens of articles on astronomy, including The Little Book of Stars (Copernicus Books, 2000) and lectures frequently. He also directs and maintains several educational websites, including the highly regarded and award-winning "Stars of the Week" site at the University of Illinois: http://www.astro.uiuc.edu/~kaler/sow/sow.html.||Reviews:||┐Most people know about Sirius, Canopus and Antares, but not everyone will be familiar with EG 129, HZ 21 and Polaris Australis, the dim star close to the south pole of the sky. Enter The Hundred Greatest Stars by James Kaler...Following a very clear general introduction to stellar astronomy, Kaler embarks on an informative tour through his hundred favourite stars, each given a page of text with an appropriate illustration on the facing page┐The really clever aspect of the book is that as well as describing the hundred stars, often bringing out aspects which are unfamiliar, Kaler succeeds in giving an excellent broad survey of recent developments in stellar astronomy. As is to be expected, the text is immensely authoritative┐The illustrations are beautiful...┐|┐New Scientist
 

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The One Hundred Greatest Stars

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Another great book by Dr. Kaler. Very well written Dr Kaler picked 100 stars and wrote about what makes the unique. If you are interested in astronomy this is an interesting book to read. Read full review

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This is an excellent "biography" of the 100 greatest stars (in the authors opinion). Each entry describes the location of the star (constellation), other names for the star, class, visual magnitude ... Read full review

Contents

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2
Introduction and Allegro 10
10
The Sun 12 5
26
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35
AG Draconis
58
51
104
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126
Alphard
134
Beta Lyrae
158
Betelgeuse
166
118
168
Canopus
174
130
180
CH Cygni
186
Chi Lupi
194
150
200

Arcturus
142
Beta Canis Majoris
150
Crab Nebula
202
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