The Ever-Changing Sky: A Guide to the Celestial Sphere / Edition 1

The Ever-Changing Sky: A Guide to the Celestial Sphere / Edition 1

by James B. Kaler
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521380537

ISBN-13: 9780521380539

Pub. Date: 02/22/1996

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

The Ever-Changing Sky provides a comprehensive and uniquely non-mathematical guide to spherical astronomy. In a clear and lucid text, the author guides readers through terrestrial and celestial co-ordinate systems, time measurement and celestial navigation, on to the stars and constellations (with useful star maps provided), the motions and appearance of the Moon and…  See more details below

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The Ever-Changing Sky provides a comprehensive and uniquely non-mathematical guide to spherical astronomy. In a clear and lucid text, the author guides readers through terrestrial and celestial co-ordinate systems, time measurement and celestial navigation, on to the stars and constellations (with useful star maps provided), the motions and appearance of the Moon and planets, tides and eclipses, and the smaller bodies of the Solar System (asteroids, meteors, meteorites and comets). There is also a brief overview of atmospheric phenomena. This text will be in- valuable to students taking courses in naked-eye astronomy, amateur and professional astronomers, and general readers wanting to know how the night sky changes.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521380539
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
02/22/1996
Pages:
528
Product dimensions:
6.85(w) x 9.72(h) x 1.22(d)

Table of Contents

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Preface
1The Earth and the celestial sphere1
2The moving Earth and the traveling observer28
3The orbital motion of the Earth55
4Stars and constellations93
5Precession, nutation, and aberration145
6Time163
7Sunrise and sunset193
8Positions in the sky and on Earth204
9The Moon220
10Tides, eclipses, and calendars262
11The planets292
12The small bodies of the Solar System346
13Light and the atmosphere378
App. 1 Graphs and tables432
App. 2 Star maps456
App. 3 Trigonometric relationships463
Bibliography476
Index480

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