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The Hundred Greatest Stars (edition 2002)
Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0387954368, Hardcover)While there are guides to the visible sky, this is the first book to encompass the most important stars known in the universe at a level accessible to the layperson. The noted astronomer James Kaler takes us on a tour of the 100 most interesting stars, describing their characteristics and importance in words and vivid pictures. James B. Kaler is an internationally recognized expert on stars and their formation. A professor of astronomy at the University of Illinois, he is the author of "Stars and Their Spectra" (Cambridge), "Stars" (Freeman/Scientific American Library), "Cosmic Clouds" (Freeman/Scientific American Library), and numerous articles for popular and professional astronomy magazines.
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"There are as many different kinds of stars as there are stars in the night sky. Each is an individual, every one unique. In this illustrated volume, noted astronomer James B. Kaler selects 100 stars to illustrate the mind-boggling variety of the stars' shapes, sizes, and ages, and the vast range of configurations in which they exist." "From ACRUX to ZZ CETI, each entry in this book describes a star's location, its class, its apparent brightness as viewed from Earth, its distance from our Sun, its luminosity, and what makes it so special. Then the real story begins. In choosing his favorites, Kaler gives not only a representative sample of the extraordinarily diverse stellar population, but captures its complexity and the amazing view it provides into the violent, dynamic, and beautiful physical forces at play in the Universe."--BOOK JACKET.
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