Astronomy Encyclopedia

Astronomy Encyclopedia

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Baker & Taylor
One of the world's most popular astronomers and host of the the BBC's The Sky at Night serves up a comprehensive and handsomely illustrated guide to the universe, with more than three thousand alphabetically arranged entries and five hundred photographs, star maps, and diagrams. (Science & Mathematics)

Book News
A section of star maps contributed by Wil Tirion are this encyclopedia's only appendix: unlike other astronomy encyclopedias, this one places tables of data (such as the Messier and Caldwell catalogs) right where you'd expect to find them (under "M" and "C" respectively. The more than 3000 concise entries are arranged alphabetically and provide accessible descriptions of astronomical terms and concepts, famous astronomers, telescopes and observatories, associations and institutions, and specialized areas of research. Topics include neutrino astronomy, the grand unified theory, curvature of spacetime, lunisolar precession, Mayan astronomy, novae, and the Next Generation Space Telescope. Many fine color illustrations are included throughout. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Blackwell North Amer
The Astronomy Encyclopedia is an interstellar tour led by the acclaimed Sir Patrick Moore, England's ambassador to the night sky. In more than 3000 alphabetically organized articles and over 600 photographs, star maps and explanatory diagrams, it covers everything and everyone from the American Association of Variable Star Observers to zodiacal light.
The articles provide authoritative yet accessible information on subjects such as our Galaxy, the Sun and planets, life in the Universe, optical and radio telescopes, stars, black holes, astrophysics, observatories, astronomical photography, space programs, the constellations and famous astronomers. Supporting these articles are shorter entries on planetary features and satellites, asteroids, observational techniques, comets, satellite launchers, meteors, and subjects as diverse as software for astronomy and the structure of meteorites.

Baker
& Taylor

Presents an illustrated guide to the universe that contains more than three thousand alphabetically arranged entries and five hundred photographs, star maps, and diagrams.

Oxford University Press
The universe beyond our own has been an object of scientific inquiry and a preoccupation of avid stargazers from antiquity up to the present day, and this preoccupation has evolved into a complex field in which mysteries are unlocked and discoveries are made on a constant basis. The Astronomy Encyclopedia covers the full width and breadth of the discipline and includes the latest and most important advances.
In more than 3,000 alphabetically organized articles accompanied by 500 stunning color and black and white photographs, star maps, and diagrams, The Astronomy Encyclopedia covers everything both the researcher and general enthusiast wants to knowfrom adaptive optics and cold dark matter to Islamic astronomy and the principle of equivalence. It includes a host of major articles on the cornerstones of astronomical investigation, such as the Milky Way, the sun and planets, optical and radio telescopes, stars, black holes, astrophysics, observatories, astronomical photography, space programs, the constellations and famous astronomers. Also featured are tables which display relevant data such as the brightest stars in the major constellations, annual meteor showers, major variable stars, dwarf stars, and energy production processes in the sun.
More than 100 astronomers from leading universities and observatories, each an expert in a specialized area of the field, wrote and reviewed the entries to ensure their authority. Patrick Moore, distinguished astronomer and longtime host of the popular BBC television program The Sky at Night, serves as the general editor for this most up-to-date and reliable reference work.
A glimpse into humanity's last great frontier, the Astronomy Encyclopedia is both accessible and comprehensive enough for both the serious stargazer and the professional astronomer.

Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, c2002
Edition: Fully rev. and expanded ed
ISBN: 9780195218336
0195218337
Branch Call Number: REF 520.3 AST 2002
Characteristics: 456 p. :,ill. (some col.), col. maps ;,30 cm.
Additional Contributors: Moore, Patrick
Tirion, Wil
Alternative Title: Oxford astronomy encyclopedia

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