Cosmic Butterflies. The Colorful Mysteries of Planetary Nebulae (Relié)

Sun Kwok

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At the end of a star's life, it wraps itself in a cocoon by spilling out gas and dust. Sometime later, a butterfly-like nebula emerges from the cocoon and develops into a planetary nebula. Planetary nebulae are among the Most beautiful of the celestial objects imaged by the Hubble Space Telescope. Their structures, like bubbles floating in the void, are complemented by a kaleidoscope of color emitted by glowing gases. Delicate, lace like, streamers of gas add to their complexity. The production of a planetary nebula is a milestone in the 1ife of a star, an event that foretells the doom of the star before it disappears into oblivion. In this book, Sun Kwok tells the story of the discovery process of the creation of planetary nebulae and of the future of the Sun.
    • Planetary nebulae, the last hurrah in the life of a star
    • The shapes and colors of planetary nebulae
    • How do planetary nebulae shine ?
    • The young and the old
    • Where do planetary nebulae come from and what will they become ?
    • The end of a star's life: white dwarf, neutron star, or black hole ?
    • What is the source of power ?
    • Star dust
    • Gone with the wind
    • Not with a bang but a whimper
    • A morphological menagerie
    • Butterflies in the sky
    • The missing link
    • Stellar metamorphosis
    • Unsolved mysteries
    • How many are there ?
    • Measuring the size and mass of the Universe with planetary nebulae
    • Old stars as molecular factories
    • Do we owe our lives to planetary nebulae ?
  • Date de parution : 01/01/2001
  • Editeur : Cambridge University Press
  • ISBN : 0-521-79135-9
  • EAN : 9780521791359
  • Présentation : Relié
  • Nb. de pages : 179 pages
  • Poids : 0.935 Kg
  • Dimensions : 25,8 cm × 25,9 cm × 1,8 cm

Biographie de Sun Kwok

Dr Sun Kwok, Professor of Astronomy and Canada Counci1 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 200l IAU symposium on planetary nebulae in Canberra, Australia. He has published over 200 scientific papers, and his book The Origin and Evolution of Planetary Nebulae published by the Cambridge University Press in 2000, is widely considered to be the definitive treatise on the subject. He has been a member of the Advisory Panel of the Institute of Astronomy and Astrophysics in Taiwan since 1993, and is committed to the development of astronomy in the Far East.

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