The Analysis of Starlight: Two Centuries of Astronomical Spectroscopy

First released in 1986, this is often the tale of the research of starlight via astronomical spectroscopy. starting with Joseph Fraunhofer's discovery of spectral strains within the early 19th century, this re-creation maintains the tale via to the yr 2000. as well as the major discoveries, it offers the cultural and social heritage of stellar astrophysics through introducing the best astronomers and their struggles, triumphs and disagreements. uncomplicated recommendations in spectroscopy and spectral research are integrated, so either observational and theoretical features are defined, in a non-mathematical framework. This new version covers the ultimate a long time of the 20 th century, with its significant advances in stellar astrophysics: the invention of extrasolar planets, new periods of stars and the commentary of the ultraviolet spectra of stars from satellites. The in-depth assurance of the topic makes it crucial examining for graduate scholars operating in stellar spectroscopy, in addition to an important reference for pro and novice astronomers and historians of technological know-how.

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