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.
Having always found astronomy fascinating, I thoroughly enjoyed this book where I was able to immerse myself into a non-fiction text that triggered my imagination and showed me just how much more there are to the twinkles we see in the night sky. Entertaining, simultaneously educational, this book is suitable for readers young and older. I could feel the passion the author has with astrophysics when reading this book and believe there should be more resources like this in libraries and schools. It’s a fun and easily accessible way to learn about the universe around us and honestly I probably would have paid more attention in science class if there were more books like this to read in school. Highly recommended. With special thanks to Thames & Hudson Australia and Aus. YA Bloggers for having me on board the blog tour and for sending me a copy of this wonderful book.
For more info…
Thames & Hudson Australia – https://thamesandhudson.com.au/product/the-secret-life-of-stars-astrophysics-for-everyone/Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/54981178-the-secret-life-of-starsAustralian Bloggers – https://ausyabloggers.blogspot.com/2020/10/the-secret-life-of-stars-astrophysics.htmlThe Australian Bloggers post will be live closer to the tour commencement.
About The Author: 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.