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Data in Astronomy
     

Data in Astronomy

by Carlos Jaschek
 

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This unique handbook explains how astronomical data of all kinds should be obtained, compiled, and published if it is to be used to the best advantage by professional astronomers worldwide. Introductory chapters explain how observations are obtained, discuss observatories, and deal with data generally. The central part of the book explains how data are archived and

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This unique handbook explains how astronomical data of all kinds should be obtained, compiled, and published if it is to be used to the best advantage by professional astronomers worldwide. Introductory chapters explain how observations are obtained, discuss observatories, and deal with data generally. The central part of the book explains how data are archived and how they should be presented for later use. One chapter raised the important issue of the designation, or naming, of astronomical objects, since this is a topic where confusion is manifest. A further chapter is devoted to astronomical catalogs and the information available from them, and this introduces data bases, data networks, and data centers. The final chapters address general questions of scientific information, including publication, the use of published data, and the role of international organizations handling data.

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"...an interesting and timely book...a well-researched, highly readable, and often entertaining work." —Sky & Telescope
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A handbook explaining everything the professional astronomer should know about how astronomical data of all kinds should be obtained, compiled, and published if it is to be used to the best advantage by the worldwide community. Jaschek (Director of the International Stellar Data Center, Strasbourg, France) is well qualified to give such advice. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521177283
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
03/03/2011
Pages:
214
Product dimensions:
6.69(w) x 9.61(h) x 0.43(d)

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