A Dictionary of Astronomy

Paperback | January 6, 2012

byIan Ridpath

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The revised second edition of this established dictionary contains over 4,300 up-to-date entries covering all aspects of astronomy. Compiled with the help of over 20 expert contributors under the editorship of renowned author and broadcaster Ian Ridpath, A Dictionary of Astronomy coverseverything from space exploration and the equipment involved, to astrophysics, cosmology, and the concept of time. The dictionary also includes biographical entries on eminent astronomers, as well as worldwide coverage of observatories and telescopes. Supplementary material is included in theappendices, such as tables of Apollo lunar landing missions and the constellations, a table of planetary data, and numerous other tables and diagrams complement the entries.The entries have been fully revised and updated for this edition, and new entries have been added to reflect the recent developments within the field of astronomy, including magnetic reconnection, Fornax cluster, luminosity density, and Akatsuki. The content is enhanced by entry-level web links,which are listed and regularly updated on a companion website.A Dictionary of Astronomy is an invaluable reference source for students, professionals, amateur astronomers, and space enthusiasts.

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The revised second edition of this established dictionary contains over 4,300 up-to-date entries covering all aspects of astronomy. Compiled with the help of over 20 expert contributors under the editorship of renowned author and broadcaster Ian Ridpath, A Dictionary of Astronomy coverseverything from space exploration and the equipmen...

Ian Ridpath is an author and broadcaster on stars and planets for a general audience. He is the editor of, among other titles, Norton's Star Atlas and The Monthly Sky Guide.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:544 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 0.07 inPublished:January 6, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199609055

ISBN - 13:9780199609055

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PrefaceThe DictionaryAppendicesApollo lunar landing missionsMain satellites of the planetsThe constellationsThe brightest starsThe nearest starsThe Messier objectsThe Local Group of galaxiesAn A to Z of variable star typesTable of planetary data

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"this book is rich in peculiarities for the interested observer." --The Independent 21/09/2007