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An Introduction to Astronomy and Astrophysics

1st Edition

By Pankaj Jain

CRC Press

365 pages

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Astronomy is the field of science devoted to the study of astronomical objects, such as stars, galaxies, and nebulae. Astronomers have gathered a wealth of knowledge about the universe through hundreds of years of painstaking observations. These observations are interpreted by the use of physical and chemical laws familiar to mankind. These interpr

Table of Contents

Introduction. Observations. Astrometry. Photometry. Gravitation and Kepler's Laws. Stars, Stellar Spectra, and Classification. Radiation from Astronomical Sources. Stellar Structure. Stellar Nuclear Reactions. Star Formation and Stellar Evolution. The Sun. The Solar System. Binary Stars. The Milky Way. Galaxies. Cosmology. Active Galaxies.

About the Author

Pankaj Jain obtained his doctoral degree from Syracuse University, New York, USA. He subsequently carried out postdoctoral research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, USA; West Virginia University, Morgantown, USA; University of Kansas, Lawrence, USA; and University of Oklahoma, Norman, USA. Dr. Jain is currently a professor in the Physics Department at Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur. He is a theoretical physicist, whose chief interests are in high energy physics and cosmology. Presently, he is working on the models of dark energy and dark matter, cosmic microwave background radiation, observational tests of the cosmological principle, fundamental symmetries of nature, ultra-high energy cosmic rays, and strong interactions.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Astrophysics & Space Science
SCIENCE / Physics