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Classifying the cosmos : how we can make sense of the celestial landscape

Author: Steven J Dick
Publisher: Cham, Switzerland : Springer, 2019.
Series: Astronomers' universe
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Since the invention of the telescope 400 years ago, astronomers have rapidly discovered countless celestial objects. But how does one make sense of it all? Astronomer and former NASA Chief Historian Steven J. Dick brings order to this menagerie by defining 82 classes of astronomical objects, which he places in a beginner-friendly system known as "Astronomy's Three Kingdoms." Rather than concentrating on  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Printed edition:
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Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Steven J Dick
ISBN: 9783030103804 3030103803
OCLC Number: 1090797445
Notes: Includes index.
Description: 1 online resource (l, 458 pages) : illustrations (some color).
Contents: Intro; Acknowledgments; Contents; Introduction to Astronomy's Three Kingdoms; The Importance of Classification; Classification in Astronomy; The Three Kingdom (3K) System; Definitions and Principles of Classification; Delineating Astronomy's Three Kingdoms; The Physical Basis for Astronomy's 18 Families; Defining Astronomy's 82 Classes: What Is a Class?; Summary of Classification Principles in the Three Kingdom System; Relationships Among Classes: Cosmic Evolution; Uses of the System and Future Development; Abbreviations; Part I The Kingdom of the Planets; 1.: The Protoplanetary Family Class P 1: Protoplanetary Disk2.: The Planet Family; Class P 2: Terrestrial (Rocky); Class P 3: Gas Giant; Class P 4: Ice Giant; Class P 5: Pulsar Planet; 3.: The Circumplanetary Family; Class P 6: Satellite; Class P 7: Ring; Class P 8: Radiation Belt; 4.: The Subplanetary Family; Class P 9: Dwarf Planet; Class P 10: Meteoroid; Class P 11: Minor Planet/Asteroid; Class P 12: Comet; Class P 13: Trans-Neptunian Objects; 5.: The Interplanetary Medium Family; Class P 14: Gas; Class P 15: Dust; Class P 16: Solar Wind; Class P 17: Anomalous Cosmic Rays; 6.: The Planetary Systems Family Class P 18: Planetary Systems/ExoplanetsClass P 19: Asteroid Groups; Class P 20: Meteoroid Streams; Class P 21: Kuiper Belt; Class P 22: Oort Cloud; Part II The Kingdom of the Stars; 7.: The Protostellar Family; Class S 1: Protostar; 8.: The Star Family; Class S 2: T Tauri; Class S 3: Herbig Ae/Be; Class S 4: Dwarf; Class S 5: Subdwarf; Class S 6: Subgiant; Class S 7: Giant; Class S 8: Bright Giant; Class S 9: Supergiant; Class S 10: Hypergiant; Class S 11: Supernova; Class S 12: White Dwarf; Class S 13: Neutron Star; Class S 14: Black Hole; 9.: The Circumstellar Family Class S 15: Debris DiskClass S 16: Circumstellar Shell; Class S 17: Planetary Nebula; Class S 18: Nova Remnant; Class S 19: Core Collapse Supernova Remnant; Class S 20: Stellar Jet; Class S 21: Herbig-Haro Object; 10.: The Substellar Family; Class S 22: Brown Dwarf; 11.: The Interstellar Medium Family; Class S 23: Cool Atomic Cloud (H I); Class S 24: Hot Ionized Cloud (H II); Class S 25: Molecular Cloud; Class S 26: White Dwarf Supernova Remnant; Class S 27: Dark Nebula; Class S 28: Reflection Nebula; Class S 29: Stellar Winds; Class S 30: Galactic Cosmic Rays; 12.: The Stellar Systems Family Class S 31: Binary StarClass S 32: Multiple Star; Class S 33: Association (OB); Class S 34: Open Cluster; Class S 35: Globular Cluster; Class S 36: Population; Part III The Kingdom of the Galaxies; 13.: The Protogalactic Family; Class G 1: Protogalaxy; 14.: The Galaxy Family; Class G 2: Elliptical Galaxy; Class G 3: Lenticular Galaxy; Class G 4: Spiral Galaxy; Class G 5: Irregular Galaxy; Class G 6: Seyfert Galaxy; Class G 7: Radio Galaxy; Class G 8: Quasar; Class G 9: Blazar; 15.: The Circumgalactic Family; Class G 10: Satellites and Stellar Streams; Class G 11: Galactic Jet
Series Title: Astronomers' universe
Responsibility: Steven J. Dick.

Abstract:

Since the invention of the telescope 400 years ago, astronomers have rapidly discovered countless celestial objects. But how does one make sense of it all? Astronomer and former NASA Chief Historian Steven J. Dick brings order to this menagerie by defining 82 classes of astronomical objects, which he places in a beginner-friendly system known as "Astronomy's Three Kingdoms." Rather than concentrating on technicalities, this system focuses on the history of each object, the nature of its discovery, and our current knowledge about it. The ensuing book can therefore be read on at least two levels. On one level, it is an illustrated guide to various types of astronomical wonders. On another level, it is considerably more: the first comprehensive classification system to cover all celestial objects in a consistent manner. Accompanying each spread are spectacular historical and modern images. The result is a pedagogical tour-de-force, whereby readers can easily master astronomy's three realms of planets, stars, and galaxies.

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