The Data Book of Astronomy
CRC Press, Jan 1, 2000 - 340 pages
The Data Book of Astronomy is a one-stop reference for astronomers at all levels of experience, from beginners to experienced observers. Filled with data about the Earth, Moon, the planets, the stars, our Galaxy, and the myriad galaxies in deep space, it also reveals the latest scientific discoveries about black holes, quasars, and the origins of the Universe.
Written by a premier astronomy expert, this book begins with a discussion of the Sun, from sunspots to solar eclipses. It then features over 100 tables on characteristics of the Moon, and the names, positions, sizes, and other key descriptors of all the planets and their satellites. The book tabulates solar and lunar eclipse, comets, close-approach asteroids, and significant meteor showers dates. Twenty-four maps show the surface features of the planets and their moons. The author then looks to the stars, their distances and movements, and their detailed classification and evolution. Forty-eight star charts cover both northern and southern hemispheres, enabling you to track down and name the main stars in all the constellations.
The maps are supported by detailed tables of the names, positions, magnitudes, and spectra of the main stars in each constellation, along with key data on galaxies, nebulae, and clusters. There is a useful catalogue of the world's great telescopes and observatories, a history of astronomy and of space research, and biographies of 250 astronomers who have been most influential in developing the current understanding of the subject.
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19 STELLAR SPECTRA AND EVOLUTION
20 EXTRASOLAR PLANETS
21 DOUBLE STARS
22 VARIABLE STARSTHE SOLAR SYSTEM
23 STELLAR CLUSTERS
25 THE GALAXY
17 GLOWS AND ATMOSPHERIC EFFECTS
18 THE STARS
27 THE EVOLUTION OF THE UNIVERSE
28 THE CONSTELLATIONS
29 THE STAR CATALOGUE
30 TELESCOPES AND OBSERVATORIES
31 NONOPTICAL ASTRONOMY
32 THE HISTORY OF ASTRONOMY
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