The Analysis of Starlight: Two Centuries of Astronomical Spectroscopy

First released in 1986, this is often the tale of the research of starlight via astronomical spectroscopy. starting with Joseph Fraunhofer's discovery of spectral traces within the early 19th century, this re-creation keeps the tale via to the 12 months 2000. as well as the most important discoveries, it provides the cultural and social heritage of stellar astrophysics through introducing the top astronomers and their struggles, triumphs and disagreements. uncomplicated innovations in spectroscopy and spectral research are incorporated, so either observational and theoretical features are defined, in a non-mathematical framework. This re-creation covers the ultimate a long time of the 20th century, with its significant advances in stellar astrophysics: the invention of extrasolar planets, new sessions of stars and the remark of the ultraviolet spectra of stars from satellites. The in-depth assurance of the topic makes it crucial studying for graduate scholars operating in stellar spectroscopy, in addition to an immense reference for pro and novice astronomers and historians of technological know-how.

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