Too late, you pinged me . I don't know which year is "that year", but it is very important to understand the limits of how much textbooks can help. An especially limiting factor with scientific texts is mathematical background, and that is something you probably know, especially as one goes through her/his career. I could search around for an exoplanet textbook that is probably pretty good, but my research is not about that as much as star formation. The sections of Carroll and Ostlie about that topic are pretty good, but you could match it conceptually enough for scioly with online information I'd bet. A good way to tell if it is good stuff is that you can start with college lecture notes of varying levels (intro, advanced, etc). The coursework can give ideas of how difficulty differs. The DSOs also provide a source for finding more specific and difficult concepts that astronomers continue to deal with.A Google search I had ran netted an old topic wherein syo suggested, for that year's subtopics, An Introduction to Modern Astrophysics 2ed. I was going to ping him about it, but it seems that a lot of folks here can help. Per AlphaTauri above, if not that one, then is there a print resource that covers this year's subtopics in any amount of detail that isn't outdated? As someone without an astronomy background (beyond RftS, anyway), I'm not the best person to assess every Internet resource I come across. I don't, even, mean in terms of quality but depth of material presented. I've always been mystified by the computer use, too, and I'm finally at the point where I have to make sense of that.
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