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Astronomy | Extreme Explosions - Supernovae, Hypernovae, Magnetars, and Other Unusual Cosmic Blasts

Extreme Explosions

Supernovae, Hypernovae, Magnetars, and Other Unusual Cosmic Blasts

Stevenson, David S.

2014, XIII, 369 p. 75 illus., 61 illus. in color.

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  • Examines the most recent and exciting discoveries about what happens at the end of the stellar evolution of a massive star
  • Includes controversial topics like the calcium-rich supernovae recently discovered by the Katzman Automatic Imaging Telescope (KAIT)
  • Discusses types of highly energetic and enigmatic supernovae in simple terms

What happens at the end of the life of massive stars? At one time we thought all these stars followed similar evolutionary paths. However, new discoveries have shown that things are not quite that simple.


This book focuses on the extreme –the most intense, brilliant and peculiar– of astronomical explosions. It features highly significant observational finds that push the frontiers of astronomy and astrophysics, particularly as before these objects were only predicted in theory.


This book is for those who want the latest information and ideas about the most dramatic and unusual explosions detected by current supernova searches. It examines and explains cataclysmic and unusual events in stellar astrophysics and presents them in a non-mathematical but highly detailed way that non-professionals can understand and enjoy.

Content Level » Popular/general

Keywords » Astronomical explosions - Astronomical observations - Evolution of stars - Hypergiant stars - Massive stars - Red Novae - Star deaths - Stellar astrophysics - Supernova explosions - Variable stars

Related subjects » Astronomy - Particle and Nuclear Physics - Popular Astronomy

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