X - Ray Astronomy - Leonard & SANFORD, Peter CulhaneCharles Scribner's Sons, 1981, Hardback ..
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X - ray astronomy began with observations of the sun in 1949 using captured V2 rockets. These studies continued through the next decade using rockets and, later, orbiting satellites. In 1962 the first extra-solar source was discovered in a rocket flight and in the next eight years many additional discoveries made from rockets greatly enlarged the scope of the subject. The sun, of course, is our nearest and most intense X - ray source, and the authors treat solar X - rays in considerable detail. Moreover, within our own galaxy, more than 150 other X-ray sources have been identified ; and - perhaps this is the most exciting area of astronomical work in recent years - neutron stars and black holes have been observed in X - ray emitting binary star systems. X - ray astronomy of the rest of the universe, though still at an early stage promises to yield results of fundamental importance for astrophysics and cosmology. X -ray astronomy, in fact, is now in the very centre of the astronomical picture ; and this book is the ideal introduction to it both for the student and the interested amateur.
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