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Astronomy describes the mechanics of the universe within the extra uncomplicated language of physics, in a different way often called "astrophysics". wisdom of black holes, quasars and extrasolar planets calls for figuring out of the physics underlying astrophysics. This e-book clarifies the elemental ideas of the sphere in addition to the $64000 astronomical phenomena it describes. Readers will achieve a better appreciation of the relationship among physics and astronomy.

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For comparison, a single-line spectroscopic binary, 51 Tauri, is shown in Fig. 10, also from Torres et al. (1997). 2 summarizes and compares the various studies of binary stars. 8 Mass–luminosity relation As noted earlier, one of the main reasons for studying binary stars is to determine the masses of stars and to correlate those masses with other properties. Such correlations yield important clues on how stars are born and how they evolve with time. A cornerstone for such studies is the mass–luminosity relation which is a correlation between the mass of a star and the rate at which it emits (and therefore produces) energy.

In order to build a theory that describes galaxy formation and the formation of large scale structure we need to take into account the possible properties of dark matter. 3 Dark matter and large-scale structure Dark matter is obviously difficult to detect. One approach is to determine the massto-light ratios of the various structures in the Universe. We begin by defining the mass-to-light ratio as η= M(M ) . L(L ) Galaxies It is possible to estimate the “visible” mass of an individual galaxy from its rotation curve via G M(r ) v 2 (r ) = r r2 r v 2 (r ) ⇒ M(r ) = G where v(r ) is the rotational velocity at radius r .

However, recent observations suggest that Ω is not the only parameter that characterizes the expansion of the Universe. 1 The cosmological constant Until recently, the above simple picture provided a good qualitative picture of how the Universe expands. However, recent observations of galaxy redshift–distance relations have revealed that the Universe may be actually accelerating as opposed to decelerating. How can this be? In order for the Universe to accelerate, there must be an effective “force” that is countering gravity.

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