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Kaler, James B.

Overview
Works: 65 works in 223 publications in 5 languages and 11,022 library holdings
Genres: Popular works  Handbooks and manuals  Encyclopedias 
Roles: Author, Narrator
Classifications: QB801, 523.8
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by James B Kaler
Stars by James B Kaler( Book )

22 editions published between 1992 and 2000 in 5 languages and held by 1,285 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this fascinating Journey to the farther reaches of space, astronomer James Kaler explores the nature of stars, describing their origins, varieties, distributions, compositions, and distinctive histories. He demonstrates that stars are the key to our comprehension of how the universe evolved--and that the birth, development, and death of stars is intimately associated with our own origins. From the earliest folklore to recent theories about dark matter, Stars chronicles the science of stellar astronomy, concluding with the evolution of high mass stars, whose spectacular deaths generate supernovae, pulsars, neutron stars, and enigmatic black holes. Elegantly written and illustrated, Stars is a compelling portrait of the cosmos as a vast engine of regeneration where stars are born, live, and die
Extreme stars : at the edge of creation by James B Kaler( Book )

16 editions published between 2001 and 2010 in English and held by 882 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Images and text chronicle the life of stars, explaining how they are created, how their makeup changes, and what causes them to die out
Astronomy : earth, sky, and planets by James B Kaler( )

8 editions published between 2003 and 2012 in English and held by 870 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Looks at the broad picture of our surroundings and places Earth and our planetary system in context with the Universe. Examines the planets themselves--how they are constructed and how they differ from one another
Stars and their spectra : an introduction to the spectral sequence by James B Kaler( Book )

25 editions published between 1988 and 2011 in English and held by 848 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Stellar spectroscopy is the fundamental tool for investigating the natures of stars and is central to our understanding of modern astronomy and astrophysics. Revised and expanded, the second edition of this popular book provides a unique and thorough introduction to stellar spectra. It begins by looking at the concept and history of stellar classification, before introducing the reader to the formation of spectra, the fundamental properties of stars and how they can be classified. The following chapters each look at a different star type: starting with cool M, the discussion extends to cover new stellar classes L and T, before advancing to finish with O. The book concludes with a skilful integration of all the data, tracing the evolution of stars and their place in the universe. With modern digital spectra and updates from two decades of astronomical discoveries, this accessible text is invaluable for both amateur astronomers and students"--Résumé de l'éditeur
Cosmic clouds : birth, death, and recycling in the galaxy by James B Kaler( Book )

7 editions published between 1997 and 1998 in English and Dutch and held by 800 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Studies the clouds of interstellar space, considering the process by which new stars are formed, looking at how star birth generates planets and perhaps life, and studying how the deaths of stars begins the process anew
The hundred greatest stars by James B Kaler( Book )

15 editions published between 2002 and 2005 in English and held by 742 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Following a general introduction to stellar astronomy, Kaler embarks on an informative tour through his hundred favourite stars, each given a page of text with an appropriate illustration on the facing page
Heavens above : stars, constellations, and the sky by James B Kaler( )

3 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 707 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A series of lectures on astronomy presented by James B. Kaler, Professor Emeritus of Astronomy at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, focusing on the night sky as seen from earth
The Cambridge encyclopedia of stars by James B Kaler( Book )

7 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 692 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A comprehensive encyclopedia of stars covers their composition, properties, and characteristics; their location and movement; stellar evolution; and constellations
Astronomy : stars, galaxies, and the universe by James B Kaler( )

10 editions published between 2004 and 2011 in English and held by 650 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Places our local solar system into the greater context to where it all came from and what its fate may be. Examines stars, red giants, white dwarfs, neutron stars, and black holes
Heaven's touch : from killer stars to the seeds of life, how we are connected to the universe by James B Kaler( Book )

5 editions published in 2009 in English and Undetermined and held by 594 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"As you gaze into the starry sky, you might feel isolated from the Universe around you - but you're not. This book reveals the startling ways life on Earth is touched by our cosmic environment, and demonstrates why without such contact, life itself wouldn't be possible." "Heaven's Touch embarks on an unforgettable journey across the cosmos, beginning in near space with a look at the gentle ebb and flow of lunar and solar tides. Acclaimed astronomer James Kaler describes their subtle effects on our world and also explores the Sun's more potent influences, such as solar storms that cause auroras, give comets their tails, and knock out power grids on Earth. He ventures across the Solar System to consider how the planets can act to produce climate change, even global disaster. Kaler shows how Jupiter's gravity can throw asteroids toward potentially devastating collision with Earth, and how even our whole Galaxy might hurl comet storms at us. He then takes us into deepest space to describe the cosmic rays launched at us from exploding stars, and considers not just how these exploders might harm us, but how they also join together in the creation of stars and how they serve to populate the Universe with the very building blocks of life."--Jacket
The ever-changing sky : a guide to the celestial sphere by James B Kaler( Book )

16 editions published between 1996 and 2002 in English and held by 547 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

There's a lot going on above the horizon--stars, planets, sun and moon are in constant motion. How is an amateur astronomer supposed to keep track of it all? The Ever-Changing Sky provides a comprehensive and uniquely nonmathematical guide to spherical astronomy--the study of terrestrial motions (rotation and orbit) and how these motions affect what we see in the sky. In a clear and lucid style, the author guides readers from terrestrial and celestial coordinate systems, time measurement, and celestial navigation to the prediction of the rising and setting of the stars, Sun and Moon. The book focuses on the geometrical aspects of the night sky without using complex trigonometry (which is discussed in a handy appendix). The book progresses to a general study of the Earth and sky, including the stars and constellations (with useful star maps provided), the motions and appearance of the Moon, tides and eclipses, the orbits of the planets, and the smaller bodies of the solar system (asteroids, meteors, meteorites and comets). Finally, there is a brief overview of atmospheric phenomena (including rainbows and haloes). This text will be invaluable to students taking courses in naked-eye astronomy, amateur and professional astronomers, and general readers wanting to know how the night sky changes
The little book of stars by James B Kaler( Book )

12 editions published between 2000 and 2013 in English and Italian and held by 391 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Astronomy professor Jim Kaler helps us see how modern astronomers have come to understand our stellar companions. He describes their hidden births and violent deaths, their immense ages, and the near-unbelievable varieties and configurations in which they exist, providing a view into the extraordinary physical forces that are at play in the universe.--From publisher description
First magnitude : a book of the bright sky by James B Kaler( Book )

10 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 62 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"First Magnitude is an entry-level book for readers with brightly lit skies. Its purpose is to show them that all is not lost, that they can still enjoy personal astronomy and have an appreciation of the heavens no matter where they live. It concentrates on the Sun, Moon, the five bright planets, and on the 23 brightest stars, which are visible from just about anywhere. The book concludes with bright ephemeral phenomena: meteors, comets, and exploding stars. The concept is a platform for introducing the reader to the wonders of the nighttime and daytime skies and serves as an introduction to general astronomy."--Cover
Sterne und ihre Spektren : astronomische Signale aus Licht by James B Kaler( Book )

1 edition published in 1994 in German and held by 45 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Vault of the heavens : exploring the solar system's place in the universe by James B Kaler( Recording )

1 edition published in 2004 in English and held by 44 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Fourteen lectures examining our surroundings and the place Earth and our planetary system hold in the universe. Looks at the the planets themselves--how they are constructed and how they differ from one another
Kosmische Wolken : Materie-Kreisläufe in der Milchstrasse by James B Kaler( Book )

3 editions published in 1998 in German and held by 41 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Heavens above : stars, constellations, and the sky by James B Kaler( )

3 editions published between 2007 and 2011 in English and held by 33 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this course, University of Illinois Professor Emeritus James B. Kaler guides listeners through the sights of the naked- eye sky, wherein we directly witness the effects of the turning and revolving of the Earth, the artistry painted by the human mind using the sky and stars, and how the view changes with time and with our place on the planet
Astronomy : Earth, sky, and planets by James B Kaler( Recording )

1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 27 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This course begins with a unifying overview of the Universe that provides a broad context into which we place the objects of our planetary system. It then divides into four overlapping portions. First, explore the moving Earth and the layout of the sky to probe the meanings of the day, the year, the seasons, and the earthly views of the Moon, stars, planets, and constellations. Second, examine the physical laws the control what we see and look at how we learn the natures of the physical bodies. Third, in the heart of the course, examine the planets themselves. The final segment unifies them all and shows what we have learned of the solar system's creation
From the Sun to the stars by James B Kaler( Book )

5 editions published between 2016 and 2017 in English and held by 20 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The book begins at the Sun then travels through the solar system to see the stars, how they work, and ultimately what they mean to us. The idea is to provide an integrated view of the galaxy and its contents. Along the way we look at spectra, atmospheric phenomena, gravity and the laws of motion, telescopes and how they work, interstellar gas and dust, star birth and death, and planets orbiting other stars. Most popular books tend to focus on one particular topic. From the Sun to the Stars is one of the few that tells the story of the Sun against the background of other stars and other planets and, for that matter, of stars and other planets against the background of the Sun and solar system. This presents the subject with a breadth that few other books can match"--
Sterren : sleutels tot begrip van ons heelal by James B Kaler( Book )

1 edition published in 1994 in Dutch and held by 18 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Alternative Names
James B. Kaler American astronomer

James B. Kaler Amerikaans astronoom

James B. Kaler amerikansk astronom

James B. Kaler astronome, professeur à l'University of Illinois

James B. Kaler astronomo e scrittore statunitense

Kaler, J. B.

Kaler, J. B. 1938-

Kaler, J. B. (James B.)

Kaler, J. B. (James B.), 1938-

Kaler, James.

Kaler, James 1938-

Kaler, Jim 1938-

ジム・ケーラー

Languages
English (151)

German (7)

Italian (5)

French (3)

Dutch (2)

Covers
Extreme stars : at the edge of creationStars and their spectra : an introduction to the spectral sequenceCosmic clouds : birth, death, and recycling in the galaxyThe hundred greatest starsThe Cambridge encyclopedia of starsHeaven's touch : from killer stars to the seeds of life, how we are connected to the universeThe ever-changing sky : a guide to the celestial sphereThe little book of stars