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Higher Education

Astronomy and Astrophysics, 1st Edition

  • S. Joardar
  • A.B. Bhattacharya
  • R. Bhattacharya
  • ISBN-10: 0763777862
  • ISBN-13: 9780763777869
  • 0 Pages | Hardcover
  • Previous Editions: 2008
  • COPYRIGHT: 2010 Published
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About the Product

This book is designed for upper division courses in astronomy and as a reference for science professionals. The subject areas of astronomy and astrophysics have grown tremendously during the last few decades. New developments in radio astronomy and recent data retrieved from NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope have resulted in many discoveries and created new interest in the study of the universe. Using four-color throughout, Astronomy & Astrophysics describes the different techniques and instruments employed in the study of the universe and the results obtained with discussion on both theory and observation. The book covers topics such as, “minor” planets, radio astronomy, astronomical telescopes, measurement of solar brightness distribution, black holes, and the Einstein effect. A CD-ROM with color figures and simulations accompanies the book.


  • Uses spectacular four-color photos throughout the book

  • Includes several chapters on radio astronomy

  • Covers planets, the Big-Bang theory, black holes, the Einstein effect, and more

  • Accompanied by a CD-ROM containing simulations, color figures, and more

Table of Contents


Chapter 1: Astronomical Universe and Basic Techniques of Radio Astronomy
Chapter 2: The Solar System
Chapter 3: The Atmospheres of the Planets
Chapter 4: Origin of the Sun, the Earth, and the Solar System
Chapter 5: The Stars in the Sky
Chapter 6: The Sun as a Star
Chapter 7: Astronomical Telescopes
Chapter 8: How to Observe the Sun
Chapter 9: Observing the Sun with a Coronagraph
Chapter 10: Solar Eclipses and Studying the Corona
Chapter 11: Measurement of Solar Flux Density
Chapter 12: Measurement of Solar Brightness Distribution
Chapter 13: Measurement of Polarization
Chapter 14: Receivers and Antennas for Radio Astronomy
Chapter 15: The Sun’s Sporadic Radio Emission
Chapter 16: Some Unsolved Problems of Solar Meterwave Radio Bursts and Some International Solar Radio Instruments
Chapter 17: The Life of Stars in the Main Sequence
Chapter 18: The Post Main Sequence Period of the Stars
Chapter 19: Brilliant Phenomena: Black Holes, Pulsars, quasars, Dark Matters, Galaxies, and Clusters
Chapter 20: Problems of Radio Interference and new Developments in Radio Astronomy

Appendix A: Background Information, Formulae, Relationships
Appendix B: Standard Symbols
Appendix C: About the CD-ROM