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Clocks in the sky : the story of pulsars

Author: Geoff McNamara
Publisher: Berlin ; New York : Springer ; Chichester, UK : Published in association with Praxis, ©2008.
Series: Springer-Praxis books in popular astronomy.
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Pulsars are rapidly spinning neutron stars, the collapsed cores of once massive stars that ended their lives as supernova explosions. In this book, Geoff McNamara explores the history, subsequent discovery and contemporary research into pulsar astronomy. The story of pulsars is brought right up to date with the announcement in 2006 of a new breed of pulsar, Rotating Radio Transients (RRATs), which emit short bursts  Read more...
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McNamara, Geoff.
Clocks in the sky.
Berlin ; New York : Springer ; Chichester, UK : Published in association with Praxis, ©2008
(OCoLC)228195865
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Geoff McNamara
ISBN: 9780387765624 038776562X 0387765603 9780387765600
OCLC Number: 370728277
Description: 1 online resource (x, 190 pages) : illustrations.
Contents: Life and death among the stars --
1932 --
A new window --
Scruff --
What makes pulsars tick? --
The Crab --
Optical pulsars --
The searchers --
Two by two --
Faster and stronger --
Globular pulsars --
Pulsar planets --
Magnetars --
Seeing double --
Of multibeams and RRATs --
The future.
Series Title: Springer-Praxis books in popular astronomy.
Responsibility: Geoff McNamara.
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This book explores the history, subsequent discovery and contemporary research into pulsar astronomy. The story of pulsars is brought right up to date with the recent announcement of a new breed of  Read more...

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