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Exploding Superstars

Understanding Supernovae and Gamma-Ray Bursts

Mazure, Alain, Basa, Stéphane

Jointly published with Praxis Publishing, UK

2009, XII, 154 p.

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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

Related subjects » Astronomy - Astronomy, Observations and Techniques - Astrophysics and Astroparticles - Extraterrestrial Physics, Space Sciences - Popular Astronomy - Theoretical, Mathematical & Computational Physics

Table of contents 

Appetizer.- Expanding universe.- From the universe to the stars.- Supernova.- Supreme stars: gammaray bursts.- Markers for cosmic surveys.- Beacons in the cosmos.- A bright, dark future.

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