The Secret Life of Stars

Astrophysics for Everyone

$34.99

The Secret Life of Stars takes us on a cosmic journey to meet some of the weirdest, most extreme and enigmatic stars in the universe.

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Lisa Harvey-Smith

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‘Astrophysics made fun!’
Pam Melroy, former astronaut and space shuttle commander

‘The most enjoyable stroll through the cosmos’
Gerry Griffin, former flight director, Apollo Mission Control

We all know the Sun, the powerhouse of our solar system, but what about Luyten’s Flare, the Rosino-Zwicky Object or Chanal’s variable star? For those whose curiosity takes them far beyond Earth’s atmosphere, The Secret Life of Stars offers a personal and readily understood introduction to some of the Galaxy’s most remarkable stars.

Each chapter connects us to the various different and unusual stars and their amazing characteristics and attributes, from pulsars, blue stragglers and white dwarfs to cannibal stars and explosive supernovae. With chapter illustrations by Eirian Chapman, this book brings to life the remarkable personalities of these stars, reminding readers what a diverse and unpredictable universe we live in and how fortunate we are to live around a stable star, our Sun.

Additional information

Weight 379 g
Dimensions 15.9 x 21.4 cm
Publisher name Thames & Hudson Australia Pty Ltd
Publication date 29 September 2020
Number of pages 192
Format Hardback
Contributors Illustrated by Eirian Chapman
Dimensions 15.9 x 21.4 cm
Weight 379 g
Lisa Harvey-Smith is an award-winning astronomer and Professor at the University of New South Wales. In 2018 she was appointed as the Australian Government's Ambassador for Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). She is the author of When Galaxies Collide and best-selling children's book Under the Stars, both published by Melbourne University Press. Lisa is also a regular on national tv/radio/media, and has appeared in several TV series and documentaries as a guest scientist and is a presenter alongside Prof. Brian Cox on ABC TV's Stargazing Live.