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Astronomers' Universe Series is a new series aimed at active amateur astronomers but is appropriate to a wider audience of astronomically-informed readers. The book provides an up-to-date account of active galaxies. Lists of such objects and their visual and imaged appearance in commercially available telescopes are an important component of this book. The book makes sense of the chaotic and apparently innumerable types of violently active galaxies. It provides the data and teaches the skills needed for users of small telescopes to observe and image some of these "galaxies in turmoil" for themselves. …mehr

Produktbeschreibung
Astronomers' Universe Series is a new series aimed at active amateur astronomers but is appropriate to a wider audience of astronomically-informed readers. The book provides an up-to-date account of active galaxies. Lists of such objects and their visual and imaged appearance in commercially available telescopes are an important component of this book. The book makes sense of the chaotic and apparently innumerable types of violently active galaxies. It provides the data and teaches the skills needed for users of small telescopes to observe and image some of these "galaxies in turmoil" for themselves.
  • Produktdetails
  • Verlag: Springer, Berlin
  • Artikelnr. des Verlages: 11393924
  • 2007
  • Seitenzahl: 316
  • Erscheinungstermin: 26. Juni 2007
  • Englisch
  • Abmessung: 241mm x 160mm x 22mm
  • Gewicht: 646g
  • ISBN-13: 9781846286704
  • ISBN-10: 1846286700
  • Artikelnr.: 21554326
Autorenporträt
Chris Kitchin is Emeritus Professor of Astronomy at the University of Hertfordshire and has a lifelong interest in astronomical instrumentation, using telescopes of all sizes, studying the rapidly growing number of planets known to orbit other stars, and trying to communicate his own excitement at the recent explosion of discoveries about the universe. When not a hundred light years from Earth (at least in his imagination), Chris enjoys being taken for long country walks by his two border collies. He is author of a vast number of scientific papers and books by various publishers.
Inhaltsangabe
Introduction - What is a galaxy? - Galaxies in general - the difference between 'ordinary' and active galaxies.
The panoply of active galaxies: (Quasars, QSOs, Radio galaxies, BL Lacs, Blazars, LINERS, ULIRGS, Seyfert galaxies, Starburst galaxies, N galaxies, etc.) - what they are and what they do. (The images of many active galaxies are beautiful and spectacular, and the inclusion of a significant number of colour photographs is essential to the book.).
Active galaxies across the spectrum (activities and behaviours at radio, infrared, ultra-violet, x-ray and gamma ray wavelengths)
Explosions and jets - Multiple jets and why there is sometimes only one jet.
Faster than light - superluminal motions and how they occur.
The central black holes - Evidence for their existence - nature and properties of super-massive BHs - Jets and accretion disks - Energy sources - how BHs produce the features of active galaxies - how the BHs form.
Could the Milky Way become an Active galaxy? - and what would happen to life on Earth? - What will happen when the Milky Way and the Andromeda galaxy collide in 3,000 million years?
Observing active galaxies using small telescopes.
Observing data (positions, magnitudes etc.) for the brighter active galaxies.
Bibliography / web site list
Rezensionen
From the reviews:

"Kitchin ... explores the physical conditions in the regions of the nuclei of galaxies. ... Kitchin enumerates the many types of active galaxies whose properties are revealed by observations at wavelengths ranging from X-rays through optical and infrared to the longest radio bands. ... this book contains a useful appendix that clarifies the relationship among the types of active galaxies and quasars. A lengthy table lists all the optically brightest examples. Summing Up: Highly recommended. General readers." (D. E. Hogg, CHOICE, Vol. 45 (5), January, 2008)

"The text is written at a level appropriate for undergraduate students, and its intended audience also includes amateur astronomers. ... Overall, the text is direct. A few stories of key episodes in understanding galaxies reveal the path of scientific discovery. ... The topics covered are of interest to students, and to the best of my knowledge, no other book provides a similar focus at a comparable level. ... Galaxies in Turmoil would make an excellent introduction for beginning research students." (Nancy A. Levenson, Physics Today, June, 2008)

"This text, written for college students, discusses current theory on active galaxies and supermassive black holes. ... aimed more at amateur astronomers and provides tips on how to observe active galaxies using small optical telescopes." (Contemporary Physics, Vol. 50 (2), March-April, 2009)