Norton's Star Atlas and Reference Handbook / Edition 19

Norton's Star Atlas and Reference Handbook / Edition 19

by Ian Ridpath
     
 

ISBN-10: 0582356555

ISBN-13: 9780582356559

Pub. Date: 07/29/1998

Publisher: Addison-Wesley

"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…  See more details below

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"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 time-keeping 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 redesigned star maps offer outstanding legibility, in the living room or under a red light in the dark outdoors.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780582356559
Publisher:
Addison-Wesley
Publication date:
07/29/1998
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
180
Product dimensions:
8.65(w) x 10.87(h) x 0.41(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword Leif J. Robinson
Preface
Ch. 1Position and Time1
The Heavans Above1
Position3
Date and Time7
Ch. 2Practical Astronomy23
Observing23
Astronomical Instruments28
Astronomical Imaging40
Ch. 3The Solar System49
The Sun49
The Moon54
The Planets and Their Satellites65
Mercury71
Venus73
Mars74
Jupiter78
Saturn82
Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto85
Comets88
Meteors91
Eclipses94
Occultations97
Aurorae, Noctilucent Clouds and the Zodiacal Light98
Artifical Satellites101
Ch. 4Stars, Nebulae and Galaxies103
The Stars - Constellations and Nomenclature103
Radiation, Magnitude and Luminosity106
Distances, Motions and Physical Parameters110
Spectral Classification115
Stellar Evolution117
Double Stars119
Variable Stars122
Clusters, Nebulae and Galaxies130
Ch. 5Star Charts139
Units and Notation179
Astronomical Constants181
Symbols and Abbreviations181
Useful Addresses182
Glossary185
Index192

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