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Exploding Superstars

Understanding Supernovae and Gamma-ray Bursts

Exploding Superstars by Alain Mazure
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In "Exploding Superstars", Alain Mazure and Stephane Basa show how great stellar explosions have become extremely important in recent years to cosmologists trying to understand the evolution of our universe since the Big Bang and the scale of that universe. Recently supernovae and gamma-ray bursters have been used, for example, as 'standard candles,' illuminating their immediate environs like searchlights and allowing us to study the cosmos between them and us. In the first three chapters the authors briefly review the great explosions that will form the subject matter of the book - namely, supernovae and gamma-ray bursters. They describe the very early universe, after the Big Bang, and then how 'the lights came on all over the universe as the very first stars began to shine.' The importance of stellar mass in governing not only the lifetime of a star (the most massive stars live relatively short lives) but also the way in which a star ends its days is also explained.Chapter 4 describes the explosion of certain massive stars, outlining the various stages at the end of these stars' lives, which result in the cataclysmic explosions known as supernovae.
Springer; June 2009
163 pages; ISBN 9780387095486
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Title: Exploding Superstars
Author: Alain Mazure; Stéphane Basa
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