This book is intended for amateur astromers who are readers of Sky & Telescope magazine or similar astromy periodicals - or are at least at the same level of kwledge and enthusiasm. Supervae represent the most violent stellar explosions in the universe. This is a unique guide to superva facts, and it is also an observing/discovery guide, all in one package. Supervae are often discovered by amateur astromers, and the book describes the best strategies for discovering and observing them. Moreover, it contains detailed information about the probable physics of supervae, a subject which even today is imperfectly understood.
Martin Mobberley has a BSc Honours degree in Electronic Engineering from Brunel University, and is a former British Astronomical Association President and Goodacre Medallist. He is also the author of Astronomical Equipment for Amateurs (1998) and The New Amateur Astronomer (2004); and has contributed chapters to three other Springer Practical Astronomy Series Books. He wrote the children's book Space Navigator , and has published many papers in Astronomy Now, The Journal of the British Astronomical Association, The Astronomer, and Sky & Telescope.