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Hidden from human view, accessible only to sensitive receivers attached to huge radio telescopes, the invisible universe beyond our senses continues to fascinate and intrigue our imaginations. Closer to home, in the Milky Way galaxy, radio astronomers listen patiently to the ticking of pulsars that tell of star death and states of matter of awesome densities. All of this happens out there in the universe hidden from our eyes, even when aided by the Hubble Space Telescope.
This is the story of radio astronomy, of how radio waves are generated by stars, supernova, quasars, colliding galaxies
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Hidden from human view, accessible only to sensitive receivers attached to huge radio telescopes, the invisible universe beyond our senses continues to fascinate and intrigue our imaginations. Closer to home, in the Milky Way galaxy, radio astronomers listen patiently to the ticking of pulsars that tell of star death and states of matter of awesome densities. All of this happens out there in the universe hidden from our eyes, even when aided by the Hubble Space Telescope.

This is the story of radio astronomy, of how radio waves are generated by stars, supernova, quasars, colliding galaxies and by the very beginnings of the universe itself. The author discusses what radio astronomers are doing in the New Mexico desert, in a remote valley in Puerto Rico, and in the green Pocahontas Valley in West Virginia, as well as dozens of other remote sites around the world. With each of these observatories, the scientists collect and analyze their data, "listening" to the radio signals from space in order to learn what, or perhaps who, is out there as well. The author specifically highlights enormous changes that have occurred in the field over the past 50 years, including the political reality of radio astronomy and what that could mean for the future.


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  • Verlag: Springer-Verlag GmbH
  • Seitenzahl: 259
  • Erscheinungstermin: 23.01.2015
  • Englisch
  • ISBN-13: 9783319134222
  • Artikelnr.: 43797839
Autorenporträt
Dr. Gerrit Verschuur is the author of eight books, co-author or editor of 3 text books, has written over 80 scientific research articles, and 90 + popular astronomy articles. He lectures widely on astronomical topics, pioneered the study of the interstellar magnetic field and has been active in radio astronomical studies of interstellar matter for over 45 years. Dr. Verschuur published the first ever, full-length technical paper on the radio search for extraterrestrial intelligence in 1973. He has taught in the physics departments of six different universities world-wide, most recently at the University of Memphis.
Inhaltsangabe
Introduction: Adventure, Imagination, and Curiosity.- What is Radio Astronomy?.- A Science is Born.- The Radio Sun and Planets.- The Galactic Radio Nebulae.- Radio Waves from the Milky Way.- Interstellar Hydrogen.- Interstellar Molecules.- Pulsars.- The Galactic Superstars.- Radio Galaxies.- Quasars.- The Grand Unification: Active Galactic Nuclei.- Beyond the Quasars-Radio Cosmology.- On the Radio Astronomical Quest for Extraterrestrial Intelligence.- Radio Telescopes: The Future.- What's it All About?.
Rezensionen
Aus den Rezensionen zur 2. Auflage: "... von Radiobeobachtungen im tiefen Universum wird in dem sehr unterhaltsamen Band von Gerrit Verschuur beschrieben. Das Buch berichtet dabei sehr anschaulich und lebendig über die Reichhaltigkeit der Beobachtungen und die neuen astronomischen Erkenntnisse ... Es ist ein Buch geworden, das mir viel Vergnügen beim Lesen bereitete. Ich möchte es einem breiten astronomisch interessierten Publikum empfehlen, denn die Darstellung erweitert unseren Blick in die Sterne um eine unsichtbare Dimension, die der Radiobereich mit sich bringt." (Volker Müller, in: Sterne und Weltraum, 2008, Issue 6, S. 122)
From the reviews of the second edition:

"In this new edition (1st ed., 1974), radio astronomer/science writer Verschuur (Univ. of Memphis) both entertains and informs about the contribution that radio astronomy is making towards an understanding of the universe. ... A number of the excellent figure are in color; good appendixes cover definitions and the many terms unique to the field ... . For reader interested in the development and status of this very interesting and important subfield of astronomy. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All levels." (W. E. Howard III, CHOICE, Vol. 44 (11), August, 2007)