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Norton's Star Atlas and Reference Handbook

Norton's Star Atlas and Reference Handbook - 20th edition

ISBN13: 978-0131451643

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ISBN13: 978-0131451643
ISBN10: 0131451642
Cover type: Hardback
Edition/Copyright: 20TH 04
Publisher: Pi Press
Published: 2004
International: No

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Norton's Star Atlas and Reference Handbook - 20TH 04 edition

ISBN13: 978-0131451643

Ian Ridpath

ISBN13: 978-0131451643
ISBN10: 0131451642
Cover type: Hardback
Edition/Copyright: 20TH 04
Publisher: Pi Press

Published: 2004
International: No
Summary

Generations of amateur astronomers have called it simply Norton's: the most famous star atlas in the world. Now in a superbly redesigned, two-color landmark 20th edition, the first of a new century, this combination star atlas and reference work has no match in the field.

First published in 1910, coinciding with the first of two appearances by Halley's Comet during the book's life, Norton's owes much of its legendary success to its unique maps, arranged in slices known as gores, each covering approximately one-fifth of the sky. Every star visible to the naked eye under the clearest skies—down to magnitude 6.5—is charted along with star clusters, nebulae and galaxies. Extensive tables of data on interesting objects for observation accompany each of the precision drawn maps. Preceding the maps is the unique and authoritative reference handbook covering timekeeping and positional measurements on the celestial sphere; the Sun, Moon and other bodies of the Solar System; telescopes and other equipment for observing and imaging the sky; and stars, nebulae and galaxies. Throughout, succinct fundamental principles and practical tips guide the reader into the night sky. The appendices Units and Notation, Astronomical Constants, Symbols and Abbreviations, and Useful Addresses complete what has long been the only essential reference for the stargazer.

Now presented more accessibly than ever before, the text and tables of the 20th edition have been revised and updated to take account of the new and exciting developments in our observation of the cosmos. The redesignedstar maps offer outstanding legibility, in the living room or under a red light in the dark outdoors.

Presented with an authority that has stood for generations, Norton's Star Atlas and Reference Handbook remains the indispensable companion for all who gaze at the night sky. For use with your first pair of binoculars, in choosing your first telescope, and as a trustworthy companion no matter how far your interest takes you, this elegant edition launches Norton's into a new century as the classic reference in astronomy.

Author Bio

Ridpath, Ian :

Ian Ridpath is an internationally renowned writer and broadcaster on astronomy and space. He is editor of the authoritative Oxford Dictionary of Astronomy. He is author of three standard observing guides for amateur astronomers and a book on the mythology of the constellations. He lives in London, England.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Leif J. Robinson.
Preface.

1. Position and Time.

The Heavens Above. Position. Date and Time.

2. Practical Astronomy.

Observing. Astronomical Instruments. Astronomical Imaging.

3. The Solar System.

The Sun. The Moon. The Planets and Their Satellites. Mercury. Venus. Mars. Jupiter. Saturn. Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto. Minor Planets. Comets. Meteors. Eclipses. Occultations. Aurorae, Noctilucent Clouds and the Zodiacal Light. Artificial Satellites.

4. Stars, Nebulae and Galaxies.

The Stars — Constellations and Nomenclature. Radiation, Magnitude and Luminosity. Distances, Motions and Physical Parameters. Spectral Classification. Stellar Evolution. Double Stars. Variable Stars. Clusters, Nebulae and Galaxies.

5. Star Charts.


Appendix.
Units and Notation. Astronomical Constants. Symbols and Abbreviations. Useful Addresses.
Glossary.
Index.

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