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Searching for the oldest stars : ancient relics from the early universe

Author: Anna Frebel; Ann Hentschel
Publisher: Princeton : Princeton University Press, [2015] ©2015
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Astronomers study the oldest observable stars in the universe in much the same way that archaeologists study ancient artifacts on Earth. Here, Anna Frebel--who is credited with discovering several of the oldest and most primitive stars using the world's largest telescopes--takes readers into the far-flung depths of space and time to provide a gripping firsthand account of the cutting-edge science of stellar  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Einführung
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Anna Frebel; Ann Hentschel
ISBN: 9780691165066 0691165068
OCLC Number: 928634702
Language Note: Translation of: Auf der suche nach den ältesten Sternen.
Notes: Translation of: Auf der Suche nach den ältesten Sternen. 2012.
Description: xiii, 302 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
Contents: Preface --
An introductory remark --
1. What is stellar archaeology? The first minutes after the Big Bang ; Stellar archaeology --
2. Two centuries of pursuing stars. First glimpses of stellar rainbows ; Decoding starlight ; A new perspective of the cosmos ; Looking into the hearts of stars ; Modern alchemy ; The foundation of cosmology ; The origin of the elements --
3. Stars, stars, more stars. The cycle of matter in the universe ; Astronomers and their metals ; Element nucleosynthesis in the cosmic kitchen ; Stellar diversity --
4. Stellar evolution : from birth to death. Sorting stars ; A protostar forms ; The evolution of a low-mass star ; The evolution of a massive star ; Supernovae and supernova remnants ; Preliminary thoughts about working with metal-poor stars --
5. Neutron-capture processes and the heaviest elements. How neon lamps relate to giant stars : element synthesis in the s-process ; Thorium, uranium, and r-process element synthesis ; Cosmo-chronometry : the oldest stars ; Nuclear astrophysics --
6. Welcome to our Milky Way. A milky way above us ; The Milky Way's structure ; Dwarf galaxies ; Star clusters ; Naming stars --
7. Tales told by light. A little lexicon of light ; Spectroscopy : deciphering starlight ; Element abundance analyses of stars ; The largest telescopes in the world ; Three steps toward success ; Observations with MIKE --
8. Let's go observe some stars! Going stargazing ; Good-weather beer ; A sunset ; The observa-thon ; One hundred and five stars per night ; Computers, computers ... ; Tested by fire --
9. The chemical evolution of the early universe. The first stars in the universe ; The family of metal-poor stars ; The most iron-poor stars ; The cosmic chemical evolution --
10. Finding the oldest stars. Pursuing metal-poor stars ; Bright metal-poor stars ; Mt. Stromlo succumbs to bushfires ; The discovery of a record-breaking most iron-poor star ; The astronomical community --
11. At the end of a cosmic journey. Cosmological simulations ; Where do metal-poor stars come from? ; Expectations of future surveys ; The next generation of giant telescopes ; Little diamonds in the sky.
Other Titles: Auf der Suche nach den ältesten Sternen.
Responsibility: Anna Frebel ; translated by Ann M. Hentschel.
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