Searching for the Oldest Stars

Searching for the Oldest Stars

Ancient Relics From the Early Universe

Book - 2015
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Astronomers study the oldest observable stars in the universe in much the same way that archaeologists study ancient artifacts on Earth. Here, Anna Frebel--who is credited with discovering several of the oldest and most primitive stars using the world's largest telescopes--takes readers into the far-flung depths of space and time to provide a gripping firsthand account of the cutting-edge science of stellar archaeology.

Weaving the latest findings in astronomy with her own compelling insights as one of the world's leading researchers in the field, Frebel explains how sections of the night sky are "excavated" in the hunt for these extremely rare relic stars--some of which have been shining for more than 13 billion years--and how this astonishing quest is revealing tantalizing new details about the earliest times in the universe. She vividly describes how the very first stars formed soon after the big bang and then exploded as supernovae, leaving behind chemical fingerprints that were incorporated into the ancient stars we can still observe today. She shows how these fingerprints provide clues to the cosmic origin of the elements, early star and galaxy formation, and the assembly process of the Milky Way. Along the way, Frebel recounts her own stories of discovery, offering an insider's perspective on this exciting frontier of science.

Lively and accessible, this book sheds vital new light on the origins and evolution of the cosmos while providing a unique look into life as an astronomer.

Publisher: Princeton, New Jersey : Princeton University Press, [2015]
ISBN: 9780691165066
Characteristics: xiii, 302 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
Call Number: 523.8 FRE


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Jun 09, 2017

The subject matter is very informative and written in a way to help a person understand the exploration of the early Universe. The cosmic journey of Chemistry and Physics will guide you though from very little understanding to Collage level. About the time you are drowning in one subject area Dr. Frebel gives insight to earning her PhD which is a welcome relief. Then it’s back to the subject matter, so that by the end of the chapter you’ve learned something.

For students of the Natural Sciences this book should be on your bookshelf. It explains the nuclear reaction of chemistry, and should be studied again and again. I’ve never seen this materials presented in this way before.

For the student of Astronomy it explains the history of star formation and astrophysics that make up stars. It also makes the paths in the Hertzsprung-Russell diagram (H-R diagram) and the spectrum of stars understandable.

And for the person with Binoculars in the backyard it informs the how of the early universe, but not the why. This is the way it should be you don’t want to lose wonder of the night sky.


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