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By A. Pannekoek, Space

ISBN-10: 0486659941

ISBN-13: 9780486659947

Well-balanced, rigorously reasoned learn relates astronomy to political, social stipulations of the day. half I covers old astronomy, together with Ptolemaic idea; half II discusses Copernicus, Kepler, Newton, legislation of celestial mechanics. half III covers sleek advancements as much as paintings of Eddington. writer observed astronomy as an event of the brain. Illustrated.

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5. Energy spectra and model fits to the GRIS observations in 1988 of the Galactic Centre (GC) and the Galactic Plane (GP). After Gehrels et al. (1992). a not unexpected environment for the Galactic Centre region. In fact, there are complications arising from the presence of the diffuse component, a component that will be discussed later. 6 shows the situation. The variability, which seems quite genuine, suggests that the object is confined in space, presumably to less than about a light year (or, more precisely, the e + e~ annihilation region is localised within this magnitude).

Although not strictly relevant to the line problem, mention should be made of the rather precise measurement of the pulsed continuum y-ray flux from the Crab pulsar with the HEAO-3 experiment. The phase-averaged spectrum was measured from 50 keV to 10 MeV and found to be consistent with a single power law, in agreement both in spectral index and intensity with the earlier analysis of Graser and Schonfelder (1982). 7 shows the spectrum. The 'light curve' of the y-ray emission in this energy band is very similar to that at higher y-ray energies, namely two main peaks of approximately equal intensity connected by strong interpeak emission.

1985), the contribution of cosmic-ray-generated positrons appears to be negligible. 4 MeV line emission from the de-excitation of 12 C. Matteson, Nolan and Peterson (1979) estimate that no more than about 20% of all the 511 keV line intensity could be due to cosmic rays of energy below about 100 MeV per nucleon. The preceding lines would have come from interactions not sufficiently energetic to produce pions. However, if positrons from the n -» n -> e chain were to be responsible for the observed line, the ensuing y-rays from the associated n° decays would be very intense.

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