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Cataclysmic Cosmic Events and How to Observe Them

Cataclysmic Cosmic Events and How to Observe Them
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This book is about observing dramatic and often bizarre cosmic events. Observation of gamma ray bursts, cataclysmic variable star outbursts, distant supernovae, and even active galactic nuclei might be thought to be far beyond the range of amateur observers - but this is not the case. Recent technical developments in CCD equipment, powerful PCs, new observing and processing techniques, and professional satellite monitoring systems have opened a range of high-value niche areas of scientific astronomy to amateurs. "Cataclysmic Cosmic Events and How to Observe Them" explains what these events are, what we know of their physics, and how amateur astronomers can observe them. For example, it might be thought that events as distant as gamma ray bursts (GRB) and active galaxies could not possibly be observed by amateur astronomers - but gamma ray bursts have been recorded using simple cameras with telephoto lenses. These incredibly powerful events fade dramatically, and once an orbiting satellite detects a GRB it is primarily a question of response time - so it is easily possible for amateur astronomers to be the first to respond.
Springer; March 2009
246 pages; ISBN 9780387799469
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