Astrophysics and Space Science Library

Language of the Stars

A Discourse on the Theory of the Light Changes of Eclipsing Variables

Authors: Kopal, Zdenek

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Eclipsing Variables - What They can Tell Us and What We can do with Them The aim of the present book will be to provide an introduction to the inter­ pretation of the observed light changes of eclipsing binary stars and their analysis for the elements of the respective systems. Whenever we study the properties of any celestial body - be it a planet or a star - all information we wish to gain can reach us through two different channels: their gravitational attraction, and their light. Gravitational interaction between our Earth and its celestial neighbours is, however, measurable only at distances of the order of the dimensions of our solar system; and the only means of communication with the realm of the stars are their nimble-footed photons reaching us - with appropriate time-lag - across the intervening gaps of space. As long as a star is single and emits constant light, it does not constitute a very revealing source of information. A spectrometry of its light can disclose, to be sure, the temperature (colour, or ionization) of the star's semi-transparent outer layers, their chemical composition, and prevalent pressure (through Stark effect) or magnetic field (Zeeman effect), it can disclose even some information about its absolute luminosity or rate of spin. It cannot, however, tell us anything about what we should like to know most - namely, the mass or size (i.e., density) of the respective configuration; its absolute dimensions, or its internal structure.

Table of contents (8 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Language of the Stars
Book Subtitle
A Discourse on the Theory of the Light Changes of Eclipsing Variables
Authors
Series Title
Astrophysics and Space Science Library
Series Volume
77
Copyright
1979
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
D. Reidel Publishing Company, Dordrecht, Holland
eBook ISBN
978-94-009-9466-9
DOI
10.1007/978-94-009-9466-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-90-277-1001-7
Softcover ISBN
978-90-277-1044-4
Series ISSN
0067-0057
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VII, 284
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