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Heaven's Touch:
From Killer Stars to the Seeds of Life, How We Are Connected to the Universe
James B. Kaler

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TABLE OF CONTENTS:

Preface and Acknowledgments xi

Chapter 1: Reaching Out 1
Stars 2
Planets 4
Light 5
The Milky Way 8
Galaxies 11
The Universe 12
Darkness 14
Heaven's Touch 17

Chapter 2: Tides of Life 21
(1) Gravity 22
(2) Phases 25
Tidal Stretching 27
Tidal Lag 29
Tidal Clock 30
Now Add the Sun . . . 31
. . . And Elliptical Orbits 32
"Time and Tide . . ." 34
How High the Moon 37
It's Mutual 39

Chapter 3: Solar Storm 42
Neutrinos Going to Get You
(Even If You Do Watch Out) 44
(1) Oatmeal 48
(2) Spin 51
Magnetism 51
Windy Crown 52
eturn to Earth . . . 56
. . . And Get Hit 57
Vanishing Act, Part I 60
Solar Cycle 61
Effects 62
Vanishing Act, Part II 64
Vibes 65

Chapter 4: Frozen Earth 67
Seasons 68
Wobbles 72
Planets 75
In Motion 77
The Celestial Mechanic 79
Planets Perturbed 81
God of the Sea 82
Changing Earth 85
Message from Mercury 86
Tip and Bend 87
Mister Milankovitch 90

Chapter 5: The Accidental
Asteroid 93
Numerology 94
Origins 96
Child on a Swing 100
Resonating Asteroids 102
Kick on Goal 103
A Shocking Story 104
Heaven's Rocks 107
Interpretation 108
A Steady Rain 110
And Then the Hailstorm 111
Wipeout 113
And Now? 116
Pitch and Catch 117

Chapter 6: Crashing Comets 120
Tale of the Chainsaw 120
A Tale of Two Tails 121
A Scary Tail Tale 123
Structure 125
Getting Back (Twice) 127
Breaking Up (Is Not
That Hard to Do) 128
"Passing Showers" 130
Twilight of the Dust 132
Pathways 133
Kuiper 134
So What's Pluto? 135
O ort 137
There and Back 137
Collision 139
Strikes and More Showers 141
Water 143
Spacefarers 144

Chapter 7: Atomic Rain 145
Radiation 145
Stumbling in the Dark 146
"Energy, People, Energy!" 149
Kinds 150
Composition 152
Long-Lost Origins 152
Star Lives 154
Boom 158
That Pesky High End 162
(1, 2) Star Formation 163
(3) Laundry 165
(4) From Lost Times 166 But 168
(5) Donner and Blitzen 169
(6) Bound for Space 171

Chapter 8: Super Star 173
Yesteryear 174
1054, 1572, 1885, and A' That 178
I and II 180
Chandra's Limit 181
March of the Supernovae 185
Closer Yet? 187
A Bad Tan and Other Disasters 189
Penguins, Soybeans, and Ants 192
Catch a Falling Neutrino 194
Shocks and Fields 195

Chapter 9: Hyperstars 199
In the Navy 199
Identification 202
Long Bursts 204
Hypernovae 205
Sliding into the Pit 207
Into a Black Hole 209
And What Does All
This Mean? 212
And in the Future? 213
Afterglow 216
Safety Zone 218
Quick Time 218
Magnetar: The Future Is Here 219

Chapter 10: Coming Home 223
In the Beginning 223
Ancient Stars and Forming Galaxies 225
At the Table 228
Neutrons 232
Rapid Capture 234
A Story from Other Worlds 236
Heaven's Touch 238
Index 241

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