The Star Splitters – The High Energy Astronomy Observatories

Written by: Wallace H. Tucker

Dr. Wallace H. Tucker is an astrophysicist known for his work in high energy astrophysics. He lectures at universities on the west coast and also spends time at the High Energy Astrophysics Division of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. This online astronomy textbook traces the history of NASA’s High Energy Astronomy Observatory (HEAO) Program. The history lesson extends beyond the HEAO Program and includes how the universe was formed as well as a number of scientific discoveries made through the HEAO Program.

Table of Contents for The Star Splitters

PART ONE: Preview of the Cosmos.
1. Pointing Our Thoughts.
2. The High Energy Universe.
PART TWO: The Star Splitters.
3. The Road to HEAO.
4. On the Road Again.
5. Mission Planning.
6. The Star Splitters.
7. New Perspectives in Astronomy.
PART THREE: The High Energy Universe
8. Creative Violence.
9. Explosion of a Star and a Myth.
10. Cosmic Ray Surprise.
11. Superbubbles.
12. Stellar Coronas.
13. Collapsed Stars.
14. Pulsars.
15. Tides in the Affairs of Neutron Stars.
16. Degenerate Dwarfs.
17. Black Holes.
18. The Realm of the Galaxies.
19. X-Ray Images of the Galaxies.
20. The Maw of the Abyss.
21. Stripped Spirals and Cosmic Cannibals.
22. The Mystery of the Missing Mass.
23. Cosmic Fire.

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