JIM KALER'S BOOKS


CONTENTS
First Magnitude: A Book of the Bright Sky Stars and their Spectra, Second Edition The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Stars Heaven's Touch Heavens Above: Stars, Constellations, and the Sky
Vault of the Heavens: Exploring the Solar System's Place in the Universe, also published as Astronomy: Earth, Sky, and Planets Astronomy: Stars, Galaxies, and the Universe
The Hundred Greatest Stars Extreme Stars The Little Book of Stars Cosmic Clouds Stars (Paperback)
Stars The Ever-Changing Sky (Paperback) The Ever-Changing Sky Stars and their Spectra (Paperback) Stars and their Spectra
Astronomy! A Brief Edition Astronomy! Elements of the Universe Principles of Astronomy Translations

First Magnitude

A Book of the Bright Sky

First Magnitude First Magnitude

World Scientific, 2013. Read the interview with Jim Kaler.



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. It 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. Chapter contents: 1. The Warming Sun; 2. The Changing Moon; 3. Wandering Planets; 4. Sparkling Stars-An Entr'acte; 5. Bright Star; 6. The Sky is Falling; 7. Once and Future Star.

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Back cover image: G. Mayhew and R. Simmon (NASA/GSFC), NOAA/NGDC, DMSP Digital Archive)

Stars and their Spectra

An Introduction to the Spectral Sequence

Second Edition, re-written, with two new chapters on ultracool stars and 140 new illustrations

Stars and their Spectra, 2e

Cambridge University Press (UK or North Anerica), 2011.

The new "Stars and their Spectra," Second Edition, updates the classic 1989 original and the subsequent 1997 paperback version with new discoveries, two new chapters on ultracool stars, and 140 new illustrations. Chapter contents: 1. Stars; 2. Atoms and Spectra; 3. The Spectral Sequence; 4. The M stars: Red Supergiants to Dwarfs; 5. Descending the Staircase: Class L; 6. The Wet Basement: Class T; 7. The K stars: Orange Giants and Brighter Dwarfs; 8. Our Sun and its Cousins: the G stars; 9. Class F: Stars in Transition; 10. The White Stars of Class A; 11. The B Stars: Beacons of the Skies; 12. Class O: the Head of the Spectral Sequence; 13. Extraordinary Classes; 14. Journeys on the HR Diagram.
Cover images: Messier 80: The Hubble Heritage Team (AURA/STScI/NASA); spectrum of Arcturus: N. A. Sharp, NOAO/AURA/NSF

Heaven's Touch

Heaven's Touch

Princeton University Press, Princeton, 2009.

Heaven's Touch, with 59 illustrations, entertainingly describes the multitude of intimate connections we have with the Universe, from tides through solar storms, asteroid/comet impacts, and cosmic rays, to exploding stars. Chapter contents: 1. Reaching Out; 2. Tides of Life; 3. Solar Storm; 4. Frozen Earth; 5. The Accidental Asteroid; 6. Crashing Comets; 7. Atomic Rain; 8. Super Star; 9. Hyperstars; 10. Coming Home.
Jacket illustration: "Space," Copyright Baltik/Shutterstock.

Heavens Above: Stars, Constellations, and the Sky

Astronomy

Recorded Books, Prince Frederick, MD, 2007.

Heavens Above: Stars, Constellations, and the Sky (from Recorded Books' "Modern Scholar" series) is a set of 14 lectures on audio CD that tells the wonderous tales of the stars, the patterns that they form, the history of their names, of the continuous changes in celestial apects, and at the heart of it, of the beauty and intrigue of the heavens. The audio disks come with a 78-page book illustrated in full color that summarizes the lectures. Lecture/Chapter contents: 1. Sky and Stars; 2. Constellations; 3. Circles of Earth; 4. Celestial Circles; 5. Rising and Setting; 6. That Old Sun; 7. Star Names; 8. The Sacred Zodiac; 9. Wobbles; 10. Astronomy, Astrology, and UFOs; 11. Mythical Magic; 12. Singular Sights; 13. Modern Design; 14. The Milky Way.


The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Stars

Cambridge Encyclopedia of
Stars

Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2006.

The Cambridge Encylopedia of Stars, with over 200 illustrations, is a unique book that provides a comprehensive description of stars and their natures. Detailed cross referencing enables the reader to explore topics in depth, making an invaluable work both for beginners and for those with a more advanced interest in stars and stellar evolution. Chapter contents: 1. Stars and Constellations; 2. Location; 3. Magnitudes; 4. Distances; 5. The Galaxy in Motion; 6. Spectra and the HR Diagram; 7. Stellar Properties; 8. Double and Multiple Stars; 9. Star Clusters and Associations; 10. Variable Stars; 11. Star Formation; 12. Sun and Main Sequence; 13. Stellar Evolution; 14. High Mass Evolution.
Jacket illustration: The Orion Nebula, Mark McCaughrean, Astrophysical Institute Potsdam/ESO.

Astronomy: Stars, Galaxies, and the Universe.

Astronomy

Recorded Books, Prince Frederick, MD, 2004.

Astronomy: Stars, Galaxies, and the Universe (from Recorded Books' "Modern Scholar" series), winner of Audiofile magazine's Earphones Award, is an accessible astronomy course given as a set of 14 lectures on audio CD that describes the exciting tale of space and time beyond the Solar System, in which we begin with the Sun and launch ourselves into the depths of the Universe. The audio disks come with a complete 100-page book in full color that summarizes the lectures. Lecture/Chapter contents: 1. The Neighborhood; 2. The Central Sun; 3. The Making of Sunlight; 4. Billions of Stars; 5. Ganging Up; 6. Between the Stars; 7. Star Birth; 8. Stellar Fate; 9. Catastrophe; 10. Neutron Stars and Black Holes; 11. The Galaxy; 12. Galaxies; 13. The Expanding Universe; 14. Cosmic Origins in the Big Bang.

Jacket illustration: M 31, NOAO/AURA/NSF/WIYN.

Vault of the Heavens: Exploring the Solar System's Place in the Universe

The Vault of the Heavens

Barnes and Noble, New York, 2004.

Vault of the Heavens: Exploring the Solar system's Place in the Universe (part of Barnes and Noble's "Portable Professor Series") is an accessible astronomy course given as a set of 14 lectures on audio CD that describes the exciting tale of the Solar System. The audio disks come with a complete 100-page book in full color that summarizes the lectures. Lecture/Chapter contents: 1. We and the Universe; 2. Reflections of the Spinning Earth; 3. Sun and Seasons; 4. Stories in the Sky: Constellations; 5. Romance of the Moon; 6. Happy Wanderers: The Planets; 7. Keeping It All Together; 8. Reaching Outward; 9. Our Domain: Earth and Moon; 10. Iron Planets: Mercury, Venus, and Mars; 11. Monsters of the Midway: Jupiter and Saturn; 12. Distant Outposts: Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto; 13. Leftovers of Creation: Comets, Asteroids, and Meteors; 14. Creation.

Vault of the Heavens is also published as Astronomy: Earth, Sky, and Planets by Recorded Books as part of The Modern Scholar series.

Astronomy: Earth, Sky, and Planets.

Astronomy

Recorded Books, Prince Frederick, MD, 2003.

Astronomy: Earth, Sky, and Planets (from Recorded Books' "Modern Scholar" series) is an accessible astronomy course given as a set of 14 lectures on audio CD that describes the exciting tale of the Solar System. The audio disks come with a complete 100-page book in full color that summarizes the lectures. Lecture/Chapter contents: 1. We and the Universe; 2. Reflections of the Spinning Earth; 3. Sun and Seasons; 4. Stories in the Sky: Constellations; 5. Romance of the Moon; 6. Happy Wanderers: The Planets; 7. Keeping It All Together; 8. Reaching Outward; 9. Our Domain: Earth and Moon; 10. Iron Planets: Mercury, Venus, and Mars; 11. Monsters of the Midway: Jupiter and Saturn; 12. Distant Outposts: Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto; 13. Leftovers of Creation: Comets, Asteroids, and Meteors; 14. Creation.

Astronomy: Earth Sky, and Planets" is also published as Vault of the Heavens: Exploring the Solar system's Place in the Universe by Barnes and Noble as part of the Portable Professor Series.
Jacket illustration: Hubble Space Telescope, Reta Beebe (NMSU), D. Gilmore, L. Bergeron (STScI), and NASA.

The Hundred Greatest Stars

The Hundred Greatest Stars

Copernicus Books, New York, 2002. Translated into Dutch.

From Acrux to ZZ Ceti, The Hundred Greatest Stars tells the stories of a selection of the most fascinating stars the sky has to offer. Each is given a quick summary that is accompanied by a one- page description and a full-page illustration. A short introduction to stars is followed by the Hundred without the use of chapters. The 100 star-stories are in turn followed by listings by standard and alternative names, by order of evolution, and by position on the sky.
Jacket illustration: Jordan Rosenblum.

Extreme Stars: At the Edge of Creation

Extreme Stars

Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2001.

Extreme Stars: At the Edge of Creation, the American Association of Publishers Outstanding and Scholarly Title in Physics and Astronomy for 2001, is a unique book that describes the lives of stars from a new perspective. It examines their amazing extremes, and results in as refreshing, up-to-date and engaging overview of stellar evolution. Chapter contents: 1. The Sun and Stars; 2. The Faintest (and Coolest) Stars; 3. The Coolest Stars...Continued; 4. The Hottest Stars; 5. The Brightest Stars; 6. The Largest Stars; 7. The Smallest Stars; 8. The Youngest Stars; 9. The Oldest Stars; 10. The Strangest Stars.
Jacket illustration: Nebula M1-67 around Star WR124, Hubble Space Telescope, WFPC2, Courtesty of NASA.

The Little Book of Stars

Little Book

Copernicus Books, New York, 2001. Translated into Italian and Greek.

The Little Book of Stars is an introductory book on stars that shows how modern astronomers have come to understand our stellar companions, the book describing their hidden births and violent deaths, their immense ages, and the near-unbelievable variety of sizes and configurations in which they exist. Chapter contents: 1. Stars; 2. Collections; 3. The Family; 4. Nightly Parade; 5. Stellar Surprise; 6. Linkages; 7. Dawn.
Jacket drawing: Constellations of the northern hemisphere, adapted from a 1515 woodblock print by Albrecht Durer; Jacket photograph: star trails around the south pole, Gregory G. Dimijian, copyright 1993.

Cosmic Clouds

Birth, Death, and Recycling in the Galaxy

Cosmic Clouds

Scientific American Library, Freeman, New York, 1997. Translated into Dutch and German.

Cosmic Clouds takes the reader on a journey through the spaces between the stars, through the vast clouds of dust and gas that constitute the interstellar medium, to explore the grand Galactic cycle of birth and death. Chapter contents: 1. Among the Stars; 2. Entering the Nebulae; 3. Dark Dust; 4. Opening the Spectrum; 5. Molecules!; 6. Star Formation; 7. Distilling the Planets; 8. Planets to Planetaries to Planets; 9. Paths to Glory and Creation; 10. Cosmic Cycles.
Cover image: NGC 7293, Hubble Space Telescope, C. R. O'Dell and K. P. Handron.

Stars

Stars

Scientific American Library, Freeman, New York, paperback edition of Stars with updates and corrections, 1998.

Stars are the primary converters of matter into energy in the Universe, the ultimate sources and sustainers of life. The book explores the natures of stars, describing our current knowledge of their origin, variety. distribution, composition, and distinctive histories. Here we see that the development, death, and birth of stars is intimately associated with our own origins and continued existence. Chapter contents: 1. From Ancient Wonder; 2. The Tools of Discovery; 3. The Discovery of Reality; 4. To Build a Star; 5. Coming of Age; 6. Catastrophe; 7. First Light of Day.
Cover image: The globular cluster 47 Tucanae, copyright Anglo-Australian Observatory, photograph by David Malin.

Stars

Stars

Scientific American Library, Freeman, New York, 1992. Translated into Dutch, French, German, Italian, and Japanese.

Stars are the primary converters of matter into energy in the Universe, the ultimate sources and sustainers of life. The book explores the natures of stars, describing our current knowledge of their origin, variety. distribution, composition, and distinctive histories. Here we see that the development, death, and birth of stars is intimately associated with our own origins and continued existence. Chapter contents: 1. From Ancient Wonder; 2. The Tools of Discovery; 3. The Discovery of Reality; 4. To Build a Star; 5. Coming of Age; 6. Catastrophe; 7. First Light of Day.
Cover image: M 17 in the infrared, National Optical Astronomy Observatories, Dr. Ian Gatley.

The Ever-Changing Sky

A Guide to the Celestial Sphere

The Ever-Changing Sky

Paperback edition, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2002.

The Ever-Changing Sky provides a comprehensive and uniquely non-mathematical guide to spherical astronomy, in which the reader is led through terrestrial and celestial coordinate systems, time measurement, and celestial navigation. The book progresses through general discussions of constellations, planetary and lunar orbits, tides, eclipses, and atmospheric phenomena. Chapter contents: 1. The Earth and the Celestial Sphere; 2. The Moving Earth and the Traveling Observer; 3. The Orbital Motion of the Earth; 4. Stars and Constellations; 5. Precession, Nutation, and Aberration; 6. Time; 7. Sunrise and Sunset; 8. Positions in the Sky and on Earth; 9. The Moon; 10. Tides, Eclipses, and Calendars; 11. The Planets; 12. The Small Bodies of the Solar System; 13. Light and the Atmosphere.
Jacket illustration: Summer Solstice, looking north toward Point Barrow. Mario Grassi.

The Ever-Changing Sky

A Guide to the Celestial Sphere

The Ever-Changing Sky

Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 1996.

The Ever-Changing Sky provides a comprehensive and uniquely non-mathematical guide to spherical astronomy, in which the reader is led through terrestrial and celestial coordinate systems, time measurement, and celestial navigation. The book progresses through general discussions of constellations, planetary and lunar orbits, tides, eclipses, and atmospheric phenomena. Chapter contents: 1. The Earth and the Celestial Sphere; 2. The Moving Earth and the Traveling Observer; 3. The Orbital Motion of the Earth; 4. Stars and Constellations; 5. Precession, Nutation, and Aberration; 6. Time; 7. Sunrise and Sunset; 8. Positions in the Sky and on Earth; 9. The Moon; 10. Tides, Eclipses, and Calendars; 11. The Planets; 12. The Small Bodies of the Solar System; 13. Light and the Atmosphere.
Jacket illustration: Summer Solstice, looking north toward Point Barrow. Mario Grassi.

Stars and their Spectra

An Introduction to the Spectral Sequence

Stars and their Spectra

Cambridge University Press, paperback edition with updates and corrections, Cambridge, 1997

The study of stars and their spectra is central to an understanding of classical and modern astronomy. The book clearly explains the alphabet of stellar astronomy and tells the story of the evolution of stars and their place in the Universe. Chapter contents: 1. Stars; 2. Atoms and Spectra; 3. The Spectral Sequence; 4. The M stars: Red Supergiants to Dwarfs; 5. The K stars: Orange Giants and Brighter Dwarfs; 6. Our Sun and its Cousins: the G stars; 7. Class F: Stars in Transition; 8. The White Stars of Class A; 9. The B Stars: Beacons of the Skies; 10. Class O: the Head of the Spectral Sequence; 11. Extraordinary Classes; 12. Journeys on the HR Diagram.
Cover image: the spectra of stars in the Hyades cluster, University of Michigan, Freeman Miller.

Stars and their Spectra

An Introduction to the Spectral Sequence

Stars and their Spectra

Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 1989. Translated into German.

The study of stars and their spectra is central to an understanding of classical and modern astronomy. The book clearly explains the alphabet of stellar astronomy and tells the story of the evolution of stars and their place in the Universe. Chapter contents: 1. Stars; 2. Atoms and Spectra; 3. The Spectral Sequence; 4. The M stars: Red Supergiants to Dwarfs; 5. The K stars: Orange Giants and Brighter Dwarfs; 6. Our Sun and its Cousins: the G stars; 7. Class F: Stars in Transition; 8. The White Stars of Class A; 9. The B Stars: Beacons of the Skies; 10. Class O: the Head of the Spectral Sequence; 11. Extraordinary Classes; 12. Journeys on the HR Diagram.
Cover image: Milky Way.

Astronomy!

A Brief Edition

Astronomy! A Brief Edition

Addison Wesley Longman, Menlo Park, 1997.

Astronomy: A Brief Edition, an introductory textbook, is a shortened, revised edition of the author's Astronomy!. Chapter contents: 1. From Earth to Universe; 2. Earth, Sun, and Sky; 3. The Face of the Sky; 4. Earth, Moon, and Planets; 5. Gravity; 6. Atoms, Light, and Telescopes; 7. Home: the Double World; 8. Rocky Worlds; 9. Great Worlds; 10. Outer Worlds; 11. Creation and its Debris; 12. The Sun; 13. The Stars; 14. Star Formation; 15. The Life and Death of Stars; 16. The Galaxy; 17. Galaxies; 18. The Expansion and Structure of the Universe; 19. The Universe.
Cover photo: NGC 604 in the galaxy M 33, H. Yang (University of Illinois), J. Hester (University of Arizona), NASA, and STScI.

Astronomy!

Astronomy!

HarperCollins, New York, 1994. Now published by Addison Wesley Longman , Menlo Park.

Astronomy!: a full-sized introductory textbook. Chapter contents: 1. From Earth to Universe; 2. The Earth and the Sky; 3. The Earth and the Sun; 4. The Face of the Sky; 5. The Earth and the Moon; 6. The Planets; 7. Newton, Einstein, and Gravity; 8. Atoms and Light; 9. The Tools of Astronomy; 10. The Earth; 11. The Moon; 12. Hot Worlds; 13. Intriguing Mars; 14. Magnificent Jupiter; 15. Beautiful Saturn; 16. Outer Worlds; 17. Planetary Creation and its Debris; 18. The Sun; 19. The Stars; 20. Stellar Groupings: Doubles, Multiples, and Clusters; 21. Unstable Stars; 22. The Interstellar Medium; 23. Star Formation; 24. The Life and Death of Stars; 25. Catastrophic Evolution; 26. The Galaxy; 27. Galaxies; 28. The Expansion and Construction of the Universe; 29. Active Galaxies and Quasars; 30. The Universe.
Cover image: Supernova 1987a, AAT, D. Malin.

CO-AUTHORED BOOKS


Elements of the Universe

An Astronomical and Geological Study of the Heavens and Earth

Sarah Kennedy-Coleman and James B. Kaler

Elements of the Universe

Jensan Scientifics

Elements of the Universe is an educational kit that takes the chemical elements from their birthplaces in the nuclear cauldrons of the stars and brings them home to show how each is incorporated in various minerals and how it is used in the practical world. The kit comes with samples of minerals that illustrate the periodic table and a detailed explanatory teacher's guide. Chapter contents: 1. Table of Contents (index to the periodic table); 2. Table of Minerals; 3. Introduction- Astronomical; 4. Introduction-Mineralogical; 5. The Elements; 6. Student Handouts; 7. Teacher's Answer Key; 8. Guide to Scientific Terms; 9. Bibliography; 10. Suggested Reading.
Cover graphic: S. Kennedy-Coleman.

Principles of Astronomy

A Short Version

Stanley P.Wyatt and James B. Kaler

(Out of Print)

Principles of Astronomy

Allyn and Bacon, Inc., Boston, second edition 1981, first edition 1974.

Principles of Astronomy: A Brief Edition is a shortened, revised version of S. P. Wyatt's textbook Principles of Astronomy, Allyn and Bacon, second edition, 1971. Chapter contents: 1. Prospect; 2. Planet Earth; 3. Earth, Sky, and Time; 4. Atoms, Radiation, and Telescopes; 5. Our Moon; 6. Planetary Motion; 7. The Principal Planets; 8. Asteroids, Comets, and Meteoroids; 9. The Solar system: Origin and Evolution; 10. The Sun; 11. The Stars: Observable Properties; 12. Multiple Stars, Clusters, and Associations; 13. The Stars: Intrinsic Properties; 14. The Variable Stars; 15. Matter Between the Stars; 16. The Stars: Evolution; 17. The Home Galaxy; 18. Galaxies; 19. The Universe of Galaxies; 20. Retrospect.
Cover image: Jet Propulsion Laboratory/NASA.

TRANSLATIONS


The Little Book of Stars

Little Book of Stars

First published by Copernicus Books, NY, 2001.

Greek translation of The Little Book of Stars, published by Alexandria Publications, 2006.

Translated by Andreas Michaelides

Honderd Unieke Sterren

Honderd Unieke Sterren

First published by Copernicus Books, NY, 2002.

Dutch translation of The Hundred Greatest Stars, published by Veen Magazines, Diemen, 2005.

Translated by Eddy Echternach. Cover image: Anglo- Australian Observatory, UK Schmidt, by David Malin.

Il Libricino delle Stelle

Il Libricino delle Stelle

First published by Copernicus Books, NY, 2001.

Italian translation of The Little Book of Stars, published by l'Astronomia, Milano, 2001.

Cover image: Region of Aquila, Cesare Baroni.

Kosmische Wolken

Ontstaan, Vergaan en recycling in de Melkweg

Kosmische Wolken

First published by Scientific American Library, Freeman, New York, 1997.

Dutch translation of Cosmic Clouds, published by Natuur and Techniek, Maastricht/Brussel, 1998.

Cover image: NGC 7293, Hubble Space Telescope, C. R. O'Dell and K. P. Handron.

Kosmische Wolken

Materie-Kriesläufe in der Michstrasse

Kosmische Wolken

First published by Scientific American Library, Freeman, New York, 1997.

German translation of Cosmic Clouds, published by Spektrum Akademsischer Verlag, Heidelberg/Berlin, 1998.

Cover image: NGC 6543, Hubble Space Telescope, NASA.

Sterren

Sleutels tot Begrip van ons Heelal

Sterren

First published by Scientific American Library, Freeman, New York, 1992.

Dutch translation of Stars published by Natuur and Techniek, Maastricht/Brussel, 1994.

Cover image: Orion Nebula, Benlux Press BV, Voorburg, Dr. F. Espenak/Science Photo Library.

Les Étoiles

Vie et mort des soleils lointains

Étoiles

First published by Scientific American Library, Freeman, New York, 1992.

French translation of Stars published by Pour la Science, Paris, 1997.

Cover image: Pleiades, NASA.

Sterne

Die Physikalishe Welt der Kosmischen Sonnen

Sterne

First published by Scientific American Library, Freeman, New York, 1992.

German translation of Stars published by Spektrum Akademischer Verlag GmbH, Heidelberg/Berlin/Oxford, 1993.

Cover image: M 17 in the infrared, National Optical Astronomy Observatories, Dr. Ian Gatley.

Stelle

Stelle

First published by Scientific American Library, Freeman, New York, 1992.

Italian translation of Stars by Zanichelli Editore, Bologna, 1995.

Cver image: M 17 in the infrared, National Optical Astronomy Observatories, Dr. Ian Gatley.

Stars

Stars

First published by Scientific American Library, Freeman, New York, 1992.

Japanese translation of Stars arranged by Tuttle-Mori Agency.

Cver image: M 17 in the infrared, National Optical Astronomy Observatories, Dr. Ian Gatley.

Sterne und ihre Spektren

Sterne/Spektren

First published by Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 1989.

German translation of Stars and their Spectra, published by Spektrum Akademischer Verlag GmbH, Heidelberg/Berlin/Oxford, 1994.

Objective prism spectra of the Hyades, University of Michigan, Freeman Miller.

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