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Using more than 100 spectacular images from the Hubble Space Telescope, Kwok details the discovery process of the creation of planetary nebulae and of the future of the Earth's Sun.

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Using more than 100 spectacular Hubble images, Kwok (astronomy, U. of Calgary, and a Canada Council Killam Fellow), explains how during the last 10,000 years of a star's life, it wraps itself in a cocoon of gas and dust, and later emerges as a butterfly-shaped nebula which radiates a magnificent display of light. He discusses early observations of nebulae as well as the most recent theories concerning their origin and structure.
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The story of the creation of planetary nebulae and the future of the Sun, illustrated in colour throughout.

Synopsis:

At the end of a star's life, it wraps itself in a cocoon by spilling out gas and dust; later, a butterfly emerges and develops into a planetary nebula. This book, illustrated in colour throughout, tells the story of the creation of planetary nebulae and the future of the Sun.

Synopsis:

Planetary nebulae are among the most beautiful of the celestial objects imaged by the Hubble Space Telescope. Their structures are complemented by a kaleidoscope of color emitted by glowing gases. The production of a planetary nebula by a star is a milestone in the life of a star, an event that foretells the doom of the star when its central energy source runs out. This book, illustrated in colour throughout, tells the story of the creation of planetary nebulae and of the future of the Sun.

Synopsis:

The story of the creation of planetary nebulae and the future of the Sun, illustrated in colour throughout.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. [169]-170) and index.

About the Author

Dr. Sun Kwok, professor of astronomy and Canada Council Killam Fellow, is a leading world expert in planetary nebulae. He serves as the chairman of the Planetary Nebulae Working Group of the International Astronomical Union, and is the co-chair of the 2001 IAU symposium on planetary nebulae in Canberra, Australia.

Table of Contents

1. Planetary nebulae - the last hurrah in the life of a star; 2. The shapes and colors of planetary nebulae; 3. How do planetary nebulae shine?; 4. The young and old; 5. Where do planetary nebulae come from and what will they become?; 6. The end of lives of stars: white dwarfs, neutron stars, or black holes?; 7. What is the source of power; 8. Star dust; 9. Gone with the wind; 10. Not with a bang but a whimper; 11. A morphological menagerie; 12. Butterflies in the sky; 13. The missing link; 14. Stellar metamorphosis; 15. Unsolved mysteries; 16. How many are there?; 17. Measuring the size and mass of the universe with planetary nebulae; 18. Old stars as molecular factories; 19. Do we owe our lives to planetary nebulae; 20. Glossary; 21. Some commonly observed planetary nebulae; 22. Further readings; 23. Notes on images.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780521791359
Author:
Kwok, Sun
Author:
Kwok, S.
Author:
Sun, Kwok
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Location:
Cambridge
Subject:
Astronomy
Subject:
Astronomy - Universe
Subject:
Planetary nebulae
Subject:
Astronomy - General
Edition Number:
1
Edition Description:
Hardback
Series Volume:
no. 14
Publication Date:
20010931
Binding:
Hardcover
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
190
Dimensions:
10.17x10.20x.65 in. 2.08 lbs.

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Product details 190 pages Cambridge University Press - English 9780521791359 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , The story of the creation of planetary nebulae and the future of the Sun, illustrated in colour throughout.
"Synopsis" by , At the end of a star's life, it wraps itself in a cocoon by spilling out gas and dust; later, a butterfly emerges and develops into a planetary nebula. This book, illustrated in colour throughout, tells the story of the creation of planetary nebulae and the future of the Sun.
"Synopsis" by , Planetary nebulae are among the most beautiful of the celestial objects imaged by the Hubble Space Telescope. Their structures are complemented by a kaleidoscope of color emitted by glowing gases. The production of a planetary nebula by a star is a milestone in the life of a star, an event that foretells the doom of the star when its central energy source runs out. This book, illustrated in colour throughout, tells the story of the creation of planetary nebulae and of the future of the Sun.
"Synopsis" by , The story of the creation of planetary nebulae and the future of the Sun, illustrated in colour throughout.
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