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Describes at a popular level the causes of the greatest explosions in the universe
Demonstrates how the study of exploding superstars may reveal hidden aspects of the universe in which we live
Explains step by step the processes that give rise to these catastrophic events
Introduces gamma-ray bursters, whose intense bursts of highly energetic photons last for perhaps a fraction of a second
Presents fascinating facts, hypotheses, and cosmological conclusions drawn from the explosions of the universe’s most massive stars
The exceptional cosmic history and the fabulous destinies of exploding stars – supernovae and gamma-ray bursters – are highly fertile areas of research and are also very special tools to further our understanding of the universe. In this book, cosmologists Dr Alain Mazure and Dr Stéphane Basa throw light on the assemblage of facts, hypotheses and cosmological conclusions and show how these ‘beacons’ illuminate their immediate surroundings and allow us to study the vast cosmos, like searchlights revealing the matter comprising our universe.
Content Level »Popular/general
Keywords »Big Bang - Birth of the Universe - Dark energy - Dark matter - Expanding Universe - Exploding Stars - Gamma-ray bursts - Quasar - Star - Star Explosions - Stellar Explosions - Supernova explosions - Supernovae - stellar