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Stars and Planets

Stars and Planets - 3rd edition

ISBN13: 978-0691089133

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ISBN13: 978-0691089133
ISBN10: 0691089132
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Edition/Copyright: 3RD 01
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Published: 2001
International: No

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Stars and Planets - 3RD 01 edition

ISBN13: 978-0691089133

Ian Ridpath

ISBN13: 978-0691089133
ISBN10: 0691089132
Cover type:
Edition/Copyright: 3RD 01
Publisher: Princeton University Press

Published: 2001
International: No
Summary

In this new edition of their classic guide, Ian Ridpath and Wil Tirion bring the night sky down to earth with brand new sky charts, diagrams, and photos that enrich the clear, engaging text. Stars and Planets will delight both latent astronomers who have yet to touch a telescope and the more star-savvy who have spent many a night outside craning their necks behind a lens.

The introduction presents the basics of astronomical observation while answering such questions as: How did constellations come to be? Do the stars within them have anything to do with one another? Do stars really flicker? Next comes the book's centerpiece: an excellent series of maps of the night sky from hemisphere to hemisphere, month to month and, above all, charts showing all 88 constellations, including some 5,000 stars. The text vividly relates the human history behind each constellation and notes their most prominent stars while offering sundry stimulating facts.

The second section focuses on the astrophysics behind stars, galaxies, the sun, the planets, comets and meteors, and more. Striking full-color photos, maps, and illustrations appear on almost every page. The guide concludes with helpful tips on the optical tools of the trade and on astrophotography. Astrophysicists and amateur skywatchers agree that Stars and Planets is simply the most user-friendly, compact source of celestial information available. No one should leave home at night without it.

  • Up-to-date full-color photos and data, including recent planetary images
  • Monthly maps of the night sky as seen from latitudes throughout the world
  • Charts of all 88 constellations, with data and notes on bright stars and other objects of interest
  • Illustrated introduction to stars, nebulae, galaxies, and the solar system
  • Advice on choosing and using binoculars and telescopes

Table of Contents

Section I

Introduction
The Star Charts
Northern and Southern Hemisphere Skies
Monthly Skies Throughout the Year
The 88 Constellations

Section II

Stars
Double and Multiple Stars
Variable Stars
Milky Way, Galaxies and the Universe
The Sun
The Solar System
The Moon
Moon Maps
Eclipses of the Sun and Moon
Mercury
Venus
Mars
Five-year positions for Mars, Jupiter and Saturn
Jupiter
Saturn
Uranus, Neptune and Pluto
Comets and Meteors
Asteroids and Meteorites
Astronomical Instruments and Observing
Basic Astrophotography

Index

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