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Sirius : brightest diamond in the night sky

Author: J B Holberg
Publisher: Berlin ; New York : Springer ; Chichester, UK : Published in association with Praxis, ©2007.
Series: Springer-Praxis books in popular astronomy.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Sirius - A Diamond in the Night will tell two stories. The first and most obvious is why the star known as Sirius has been regarded as an important fixture of the night sky by many civilizations and cultures since the beginnings of history. A second, but related, narrative is the prominent part that Sirius has played in how we came to achieve our current scientific understanding of the nature and fate of the stars.  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Holberg, J.B.
Sirius.
Berlin ; New York : Springer ; Chichester, UK : Published in association with Praxis, ©2007
(DLC) 2006938990
(OCoLC)75713349
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: J B Holberg
ISBN: 9780387489414 038748941X 9780387489421 0387489428 9786610945214 6610945217
OCLC Number: 187009033
Description: 1 online resource (xvi, 250 pages) : illustrations (some color), portraits.
Contents: Machine generated contents note: pt. 1 Ancient Sirius --
1. goddess of the eastern horizon --
2. dog star --
pt. 2 nature of the stars --
3. From myth to reality --
4. dark star prophesied --
5. dark star revealed --
pt. 3 physics of the stars --
6. odd pair --
7. Giants among the dwarfs --
8. matter of degeneracy --
9. Einstein's well --
pt. 4 controversial and occult Sirius --
10. red Sirius --
11. Modern mysteries --
pt. 5 contemporary and future Sirius --
12. view from space.
Series Title: Springer-Praxis books in popular astronomy.
Responsibility: Jay B. Holberg.
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