For pure theatrics and spectacle, Hollywood celebrities have nothing on the denizens of the heavens. Stars are born, live and die in fiery and fascinating ways--ways that we have only recently been able to study in greater detail, like so many swarming paparazzi, using the long-range lenses created by improved techniques and new, sharper observatories.
In this special edition from Scientific American, we invite you to forget about everyday life to spend some time with the stars. In the pages that follow, you�ll find the latest gossip on the glitterati, written by the astronomer shutterbugs themselves.--The Editors
The First Stars in the Universe by Richard B. Larson and Volker Bromm
Fountains of Youth: Early Days in the Life of a Star
by Thomas P. Ray
Companions to Young Stars
by Alan P. Boss
The Discovery of Brown Dwarfs by Gibor Basri
The Stellar Dynamo
by Elizabeth Nesme-Ribes, Sallie L. Baliunas and Dmitry Sokoloff
The Fury of Solar Storms by James L. Burch
When Stars Collide
by Michael Shara
by Edward P. J. van den Heuvel and Jan van Paradijs
by Chryssa Kouveliotou, Robert C. Duncan and Christopher Thompson
Supersoft X-ray Stars and Supernovae
by Peter Kahabka, Edward P. J. van den Heuvel and Saul A. Rappaport
Binary Neutron Stars
by Tsvi Piran
The Brightest Explosions in the Universe
by Neil Gehrels, Luigi Piro and Peter J. T. Leonard
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