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Model:  9781107671652
Brand:  Cambridge University Press

2nd Edition

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  • Date Published: January 2014
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107671652
Patrick Moore's Data Book of Astronomy
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Packed with up-to-date astronomical data about the Solar System, our Galaxy and the wider Universe, this is a one-stop reference for astronomers of all levels. It gives the names, positions, sizes and other key facts of all the planets and their satellites; discusses the Sun in depth, from sunspots to solar eclipses; lists the dates for cometary returns, close-approach asteroids, and significant meteor showers; and includes 88 star charts, with the names, positions, magnitudes and spectra of the stars, along with key data on nebulae and clusters. Full of facts and figures, this is the only book you need to look up data about astronomy. It is destined to become the standard reference for everyone interested in astronomy.

  • Extensively updated to take in the very latest astronomical data
  • Covers everything from the Sun and the planets, satellites, comets and asteroids in our Solar System, to the stars, nebulae and constellations in our Galaxy and beyond
  • More than 200 data tables make this the only book you will ever need to look up any data about astronomy

Reviews & endorsements

'… will be an invaluable reference work for serious observers - but it is equally suitable for armchair browsers, and indeed for anyone who is curious about what lies beyond the Earth.' Martin Rees, University of Cambridge, from the Foreword

'… a wonderful compendium. It is an invaluable reference work for serious observers and is equally suitable for armchair browsers, and indeed for anyone who is curious about what lies beyond the Earth … a one-stop reference for astronomers of all levels.' Spaceflight

'Patrick Moore's Data Book of Astronomy holds … [an] allure for the armchair traveller, a compendium of the far-away and strange destinations in the heavens. The diverse offerings of the night sky - nebulae, galaxies, constellations, clusters, comets, asteroids, double stars, variable stars, meteor storms, supernovae, planets and moons - are all here, neatly organised, catalogued and enumerated. Readers with no prior interest in amateur astronomy will find a lot to captivate here. It also contains clearly written, up-to-date sections explaining what all these various celestial objects are, and how we've come to know them. This work offers so much more than a handbook for backyard telescopes; it is an atlas for the Universe around us that will surprise every time you dip in.' Lewis Dartnell, The Times Higher Education Supplement

'… a tremendously useful text to dip into.' The Observatory

Table of Contents

1. The Solar System
2. The Sun
3. The Moon
4. Mercury
5. Venus
6. Earth
7. Mars
8. The asteroid belt
9. Jupiter
10. Saturn
11. Uranus
12. Neptune
13. Beyond Neptune: the Kuiper Belt
14. Comets
15. Meteors
16. Meteorites
17. Glows and atmospheric effects
18. The stars
19. Stellar spectra and evolution
20. Extrasolar planets
21. Double stars
22. Variable stars
23. Stellar clusters
24. Nebulae
25. The Galaxy
26. The evolution of the Universe
27. The constellations
28. The star catalogue
29. Telescopes and observatories
30. Non-optical astronomy
31. The history of astronomy
32. Astronomers
33. Glossary
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