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The Resource list of the week – Astronomy

This week, our Resource List of the Week focuses on Astronomy. Before starting, let’s give a definition to this topic.

What is Astronomy?

According to space.com, Astronomy can be defined as…

“the study of the sun, moon, stars, planets, comets, gas, galaxies, gas, dust and other non-Earthly bodies and phenomena.”

To better understand the topic, we suggest you read the following titles and resources.

1. Unsolved Problems in Astrophysics – Bahcall, J. N., and Ostriker, J. P.

Unsolved Problems in Astrophysics

This book discovers how, being coupled with the computational power of modern computers, Astronomy has been pushed into a technological renaissance. Indeed, discoveries in this field are being made with astonishing frequency. This is a great time for a student of any age to become acquainted with the remarkable universe in which people live. This volume is a collection of essays, which reveal the most fertile areas for future study of astronomy and astrophysics. The emphasis of this work is on the clear description of the current state of people’s knowledge. This is a preparation for the future unravelling of the mysteries of the universe that appear today as most fundamental and amenable to solutions.

2. Star Formation – Krumholz, M. R.

Star Formation

This title provides a modern introduction to the study of star formation. Firstly, it gives a review of the observational phenomenology and the basic physical processes that are important for star formation. Secondly, it discusses the major observational results and theoretical models for star formation on scales from galactic down to planetary. Finally, it includes recommendations for complementary reading from the research literature, as well as five problem sets with their solutions.

3. Fundamentals of Astronomy – Barbieri, C.

Fundamentals of Astronomy

This book covers topics ranging from spherical astronomy to celestial mechanics, closing with two chapters that discuss the elements of astronomical photometry and spectroscopy. Furthermore, supplementary and explanatory notes at the end of each chapter provide references to material published in scientific journals. Also. the book offers solved and unsolved exercises which allow students to review their understanding about the learned topics. Finally, the title presents arguments of classical astronomy, such as spherical astronomy, which re the foundation for future work in the field.

4. Dynamical Evolution of Galaxies – Zhang, X.

Dynamical Evolution of Galaxies

This title presents a new dynamic framework for the study of the secular morphological evolution in galaxies along the Hubble sequence. Firstly, the book outlines that the classical approaches based on Boltzmann’s kinetic equation and the Euler and Navier-Stokes fluid equations are inadequate for the study of the long-term evolution of systems. Indeed, they contain self-organized structures such as galactic density-wave modes. Therefore, correlated fluctuations of the constituent particles during a nonequilibrium phase transition are incorporated to supplement the continuum treatment. Finally, the cutting-edge research combined with the analytical aspects, make the title a valuable reference for researchers and graduate students in astronomy, astrophysics and cosmology.

5. Exercises in Practical Astronomy – Buck, M.T.

Exercises in Practical Astronomy

This book presents meaningful, practical work in elementary astronomy and astrophysics. Firstly, it provides authentic, high-quality astronomical photographs of different types of objects, that can be studied with rulers and protractors. Secondly, it offers photographs and a set of exercises that cover 12 topics which are explained within. These include ample hints and worked solutions designed to enable students to work independently. Finally, this is one of the few books to use real rather than idealised or simplified data in the problems.

6. Astronomy.com

This website is the perfect place to find resources on Astronomy. It covers many different areas such as events, cosmology, planets, galaxies, asteroids, astrophotography, the Big Bang, black holes, comets and constellations.

7. Astronomy (The Textbook)

This is a free astronomy textbook published as part of the non-profit OpenStax Project, funded by several major organisations. It covers topics such as orbits and gravity, Radiation and Spectra, Earth and the Moon.

8. Introduction to Astronomy: Crash Course Astronomy #1 – CrashCourse

This video is the first in a series of ‘crash courses’ which offer information on the subject of astronomy.

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