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Galaxies in Turmoil

The Active and Starburst Galaxies and the Black Holes That Drive Them

Kitchin, C. R.

2007, XIII, 298 p.

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  • Accessible to amateur astronomers who do not have a formal background in physics and math
  • Makes sense of the chaotic and apparently innumerable types of violently active galaxy
  • Shows how many apparently different phenomena seen in deep space arise from a single cause
  • Explains how huge jets of material travelling at close to the speed of light can develop near black holes where normal expectations would be that material would be sucked into the hole

Active galaxies involve some of the most extreme conditions and some of the most intriguing phenomena found anywhere in the universe.

Written for amateur astronomers, school and college science students and for those with a more general interest in science, Galaxies in Turmoil provides a readable, non-mathematical account of one of the hottest areas of astronomical research.

Observing details are given for 160 active galaxies, all of which are within the reach of amateur astronomers using small to medium-sized telescopes. There are tips on observing galaxies and active galaxies using binoculars and small to medium telescopes, along with a guide to imaging galaxies with CCD cameras.

Galaxies in Turmoil is equally suitable for practical amateur astronomers, or as a text for college courses including galaxies, active galaxies, quasars, deep-space objects and large-scale astronomy, up to the final year of an astrophysics, physics or science degree.

Research students - and even established research astronomers - will also find this book invaluable as a quick reference to the properties of, and phenomena within, those types of active galaxies that may be outside their specialisms.

Content Level » Popular/general

Keywords » AGNs explained - Galaxy - Quasar - Relativistic jet - Star - astronomy - astronomy books - black holes in galaxies - comprehensive cosmology - deep space explained - galactic turmoil - overview of active galaxies - starbursts explained

Related subjects » Astronomy, Observations and Techniques - Popular Astronomy

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