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Understanding variable stars

Author: John R Percy
Publisher: Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Variable stars are those that change brightness. Their variability may be due to geometric processes such as rotation, or eclipse by a companion star, or physical processes such as vibration, flares, or cataclysmic explosions. In each case, variable stars provide unique information about the properties of stars, and the processes that go on within them." "This book provides a concise overview of variable stars,  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: John R Percy
ISBN: 9780521232531 0521232538
OCLC Number: 81453063
Description: xxi, 350 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Contents: History and development --
Stars --
Variable stars --
Rotating variable stars --
Eclipsing variable stars --
Pulsating variable stars --
Eruptive variable stars --
Pre-main-sequence variable stars --
Miscellaneous variable stars --
Epilogue.
Responsibility: John R. Percy.
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A concise introduction and overview of variable stars, for undergraduate students and experienced amateur astronomers, first published in 2007.  Read more...

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Review of the hardback: 'If you want a comprehensive guide to the science of variable stars, you can't go wrong with a book written by John Percy, a world authority on variable star observation.' BBC Read more...

 
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