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By Derek Raine, E.G. Thomas

This quantity is a radical creation to trendy principles on cosmology and at the actual foundation of the final idea of relativity. many of the theories and ideas in 'big bang' cosmology are mentioned intimately, supplying an perception into present difficulties. The e-book is written at an intermediate point. past that of the numerous hassle-free books on cosmology, and offers an creation to the extra complex works and learn literature.

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Now the average velocity with which the atoms and molecules of a material move is also a measure of its temperature. Thus the molecules of air at 20°C. move on the average at about 1,000 miles per horn*. To prevent material at the core of our imaginary aggregate of 340,000 earths from simply caving in, we should have to endow its particles with such terrific velocities that when we convert their mean velocity in terms of degrees of temperature we find it simply supercolossal. It happens that this temperature at the centre of our imaginary aggregate turns out to be 13,000,000°C.

Secondly there are small disc­ shaped symmetrical formations with well-defined edges similar to the images of the planets such as Uranus and Neptune of our solar system (see Plate 3). But they are definitely not planets because they remain as fixed on the vault of the heavens as any of the fixed stars. Nevertheless, their superficial resemblance to the planets has earned them the misleading name of planetary nebulae. The galaxy with its stars, globules, nebulae, dust and gas clouds is by no means the end of what we can observe in the heavens.

The very hottest stars that we know have surface temperatures averaging about 30,000° to 35,000°K. Their spectra are called type 0 . The next type, called B, belongs to a somewhat cooler class of stars with a surface temperature of about 25,000°K. The third class of spectra is designated class A , and corresponds to stars with a surface temperature of about 11,000°K. Next in the series are spectra of classes F> G, K, M and N, with stars of progressively lower surface temperatures, the average temperature ranging from 7,500° for F class to 3,500° for M and 3,000° to 2,000° for the last class, although the use of infra-red methods has very recently revealed sets of ultra cool stars in the centre of the galaxy with surface temperature as low as 800°K.

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