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: 0521499186

ISBN-13: 9780521499187

Pub. Date: 03/28/2002

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

The Ever-Changing Sky is a comprehensive and uniquely non-mathematical guide to spherical astronomy. In a clear and lucid text, it guides 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…  See more details below

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The Ever-Changing Sky is a comprehensive and uniquely non-mathematical guide to spherical astronomy. In a clear and lucid text, it guides 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 is invaluable to students of naked-eye astronomy, amateur and professional astronomers, and more general readers wanting to know how the night sky changes.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521499187
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
03/28/2002
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
516
Product dimensions:
6.85(w) x 9.72(h) x 1.02(d)

Table of Contents

Preface; 1. The Earth and the celestial sphere; 2. The moving Earth and the travelling observer; 3. The orbital motion of the Earth; 4. Stars and constellations; 5. Precession, nutation, and aberration; 6. Time; 7. Sunrise and sunset; 8. Positions in the sky and on Earth; 9. The Moon; 10. Tides, eclipses, and calendars; 11. The planets; 12. The small bodies of the solar system; 13. Light and atmosphere; Appendices: I. Graphs and tables; II. Star maps; III. Trigonometric relationships; IV. Bibliography; Index.

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