Supernovae are gigantic stellar explosions. The effects of these rare events pervade the whole of astronomy, creating and spreading the chemical elements, triggering the formation of new stars, creating black holes and pulsars. This book is the story of supernovae. It captures the flavour of ancient astronomy and lays out the accidents, coincidences, false leads and flashes of inspiration that followed as astronomers grasped the implications behind the rare appearance of supernovae. Two supernovae, seen in 1572 and 1604, made scientists aware that the stars changed and could be studied like everything else: the two supernovae were celebrated by poets, philosophers and thinkers as well as by scientists. Eventually, modern astronomers came to link supernovae with black holes, pulsars, and even with the creation of the chemical elements. Past experiences began to fall into place too. The whole entertaining story is told clearly, in non-technical language with abundant illustrations, showing the triumph of human imagination as we discovered our place in the universe.
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Supernovae in space and time
The Renaissance supernovae
Supernovae in other galaxies
The Crab and its mysteries
Types of supernovae
The making of a neutron star
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Andromedae appearance atmosphere atoms Baade binary star black hole Brahe brighter brightest Cambridge Cassiopeia caused centre Chinese colour comet companion constellation cosmic rays Crab Nebula Crab pulsar Cygnus x-1 detected discovered discovery distance Earth ejected electrons elements emission emit energy expansion faint fainter filaments Galaxy gamma rays gravitational guest star helium hydrogen interstellar medium ionization Jupiter Kepler km/s known magnetic field magnitude massive stars material maximum brightness measured Milky million Moon motion neutrinos neutron star nova nuclei observations Observatory optical orbit period photograph planets position protons pulses r-process radio astronomers radio source radio stars radio telescope radio waves records red giant red-shift rotation satellite seen shell solar masses solar system space spectral lines spectrum spiral star's stellar supernova explosion supernova of 1054 surface synchrotron radiation Taurus theory Tycho's supernova Type I supernovae Universe Vela supernova velocity visible wavelength white dwarf X-ray Zwicky