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Visual astronomy : a guide to understanding the night sky


Yayın Bilgileri:
San Rafael [California] (40 Oak Drive, San Rafael, CA, 94903, USA) : Morgan & Claypool Publishers, [2015]

Bristol [England] (Temple Circus, Temple Way, Bristol BS1 6HG, UK) : IOP Publishing
Fiziksel Tanımlama:
1 online resource (various pagings) : illustrations (some color).
IOP concise physics.
Genel Not:
"Version: 20150301"--Title page verso.

"A Morgan & Claypool publication as part of IOP Concise Physics"--Title page verso.
Preface -- Acknowledgements -- Author biography

Introduction -- A brief survey of celestial objects and a sense of scale -- The size of objects in the Solar System -- Objects beyond the Solar System -- Distances of celestial objects

The celestial sphere and apparent motion of the Sun -- The celestial sphere -- The annual motion of the Sun -- The Sun's analemma -- The motion of the sunrise and sunset points -- The motion of the celestial poles

Coordinate systems -- The equatorial coordinate system -- The hour angle -- The altitude-azimuth coordinate system -- The local paths of stars -- Which stars can be seen from a given location? -- When can a star be seen in the night sky? -- The ecliptic coordinate system -- Resources

The motion and phases of the Moon -- The phases of the Moon -- The diurnal motion of the Moon -- East and west elongation -- Features of the Moon -- The Moon's orbital path -- Eclipses -- The sidereal and synodic periods of the Moon -- The apparent size of the Moon -- The ocean tides -- Resources

The planets -- The orbits of planets -- Planetary motion and Kepler's laws -- The phases of the planets -- Planetary configurations -- Synodic and sidereal periods -- An explanation of the retrograde motion of planets -- Observing the planets -- Resources

Comets, meteoroids and meteor showers -- The structure of comets -- The orbits of comets -- Long and short period comets -- Meteors and meteor showers -- Space junk -- Resources

Constellations, asterisms and star names -- The distances between stars in constellations and asterisms -- The constellations of the zodiac -- Star names -- Which constellations can be seen from a given location? -- Resources

Star properties -- The color and temperature of stars -- The spectral classification of stars -- Other information contained in the absorption spectra of stars -- Luminosity and luminosity classes -- The apparent brightness and the inverse square law -- The size of stars

Telescopes -- Types of telescopes -- The focal length and the f/number -- Magnification -- Image resolution -- Refractors versus reflectors -- The effects of the atmosphere -- Using cameras with telescopes -- Finding the stars

Appendices -- A. Measuring angles -- B. Measuring distance in astronomy -- C. Time keeping -- D. Star magnitude systems and the distance modulus -- E. Bibliography.
This book introduces the basics of observational astronomy. It explains the essentials of time and coordinate systems, and their use in basic observations of the night sky. The fundamental concepts and terminology are introduced in simple language making very little use of equations and math. Examples illustrate how to select the relevant information from widely accessible resources, and how to use the information to determine what is visible and when it is visible from the reader's particular location. Particular attention is paid to the dependence of the appearance and motion on the observer's location, by extending the discussion to include various latitudes in both North and South hemispheres.
Reading Level:
Trade, students and educators, hobbyist astronomers.


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E-Kitap 1830389-1001 QB64 .P568 2015 eb IOP E-Kitap Lokasyonu

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Visual Astronomy introduces the basics of observational astronomy, a fundamentally limitless opportunity to learn about the universe with your unaided eyes or with tools such as binoculars, telescopes, or cameras. The book explains the essentials of time a