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Sirius Matters

Authors: Brosch, Noah

  • Presents the historical and astrophysical context of Sirius at an advanced level
  • Examines in detail the historical evidence for redness, considering possible physical explanations
  • Presents intriguing issues in the evolution of this binary system: a very massive white dwarf, the elliptical orbit, a metallic-line primary
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About this book

Since very early times Sirius was a point of attraction in the night sky. It served to synchronize calendars in antiquity and was the subject of many myths and legends, including some modern ones. It was perceived as a red star for more than 400 years, but such reports were relegated to the Mediterranean region. Astronomically, Sirius is a very bright star. This, and its present close distance to us, argues in favor of it being the target of detailed studies of stellar structure and evolution. Its binary nature, with a companion that is one of the more massive white dwarfs, is an additional reason for such studies. This book collects the published information on Sirius in an attempt to derive a coherent picture of how this system came to look as it does.

About the authors

Noah Brosch completed his first and second degrees at Tel Aviv University in Israel and received his PhD in Astronomy from the University of Leiden in the Netherlands for a study of isolated galaxies. Since 1983 he served in various functions at Tel Aviv University’s Wise Observatory, presently as Director. Brosch is also the Principal Investigator of the TAUVEX Ultraviolet Space Telescope, the first space astronomy mission of Israel, scheduled for a 2008 launch. He is a past Chairman of the Israel Astronomical Association and is a well-known science educator, popular science writer and lecturer. The main scientific interest of Noah Brosch is evolutionary processes in galaxies with emphasis on the dwarf galaxies, but he publishes papers on a variety of topics from objects in our Solar System, through space astronomy, to extragalactic research.

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“The author seems to have summarised almost everything that is known about Sirius. … will be understandable to anyone with a basic knowledge of physics … . There is a diversity of interesting pictures, graphs and diagrams, including satellite data and dramatic images … . Brosch writes for the educated reader, and even non-scientists will be able to enjoy large parts of his opus, especially the historical and ethnographical sections. It is a delightful book that can be recommended warmly to all … .” (Peter V. E. McClintock, Contemporary Physics, Vol. 51 (5), 2010)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Sirius Matters
Authors
Series Title
Astrophysics and Space Science Library
Series Volume
354
Copyright
2008
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-1-4020-8319-8
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4020-8319-8
Softcover ISBN
978-90-481-7840-7
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4020-8318-1
Series ISSN
0067-0057
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 216
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