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Galactic encounters : our majestic and evolving star-system, from the big bang to time's end

Author: William Sheehan; Christopher J Conselice
Publisher: New York : Springer, [2014] ©2015
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Written by William Sheehan, a noted historian of astronomy, and Christopher J. Conselice, a professional astronomer specializing in galaxies in the early universe, this book tells the story of how astronomers have pieced together what is known about the vast and complicated systems of stars and dust known as galaxies. The first galaxies appeared as violently disturbed exotic objects when the Universe was only a few  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Popular works
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: William Sheehan; Christopher J Conselice
ISBN: 0387853464 9780387853468
OCLC Number: 893258644
Description: xiv, 385 pages : illustrations ; 29 cm
Contents: Acknowledgements.- Preface.- Chapter 1: Setting the Scene.- Chapter 2: Catchpole of the Nebulae.- Chapter 3: "I Have Looked Farther."- Chapter 4: Chimneys and Tubules of the Galaxy.- Chapter 5: Of Leviathans, Spirals and Fire-Mists.- Chapter 6: The Various Twine of Light.- Chapter 7: Fields of Glory.- Chapter 8: What Stuff Stars Are Made Of.- Chapter 9: The Nebula is Leaving the Solar System.- Chapter 10: The "Galactocentric" Revolution.- Chapter 12: W.W. Morgan and the Discovery of the Spiral Arms of the Milky Way.- Chapter 13: To Forge a Galaxy.- Chapter 14: Over the Dark Side: Dark Matter, Black Holes and the Origin of the Universe.- Chapter 15: Dark Energy.- Chapter 16: Afterglows.- Index.
Responsibility: William Sheehan and Christopher J. Conselice.
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