Astronomical Discoveries You Can Make, Too!: Replicating the Work of the Great Observers by Robert K. BuchheimAstronomical Discoveries You Can Make, Too!: Replicating the Work of the Great Observers by Robert K. Buchheim

Astronomical Discoveries You Can Make, Too!: Replicating the Work of the Great Observers

byRobert K. Buchheim

Paperback | May 28, 2015

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You too can follow in the steps of the great astronomers such as Hipparchus, Galileo, Kepler and Hubble, who all contributed so much to our modern understanding of the cosmos. This book gives the student or

amateur astronomer the following tools to replicate some of these seminal observations from their own homes:

With your own eyes: Use your own observations and measurements to discover and confirm the phenomena of the seasons, the analemma and the equation of time, the logic behind celestial coordinates, and even the precession of the equinoxes.

With a consumer-grade digital camera: Record the changing brightness of an eclipsing binary star and show that a pulsating star changes color as it brightens and dims. Add an inexpensive diffraction grating to your camera and see the variety of spectral features in the stars, and demonstrate that the Sun's spectrum is similar to one particular type of stellar spectrum.

With a backyard telescope: Add a CCD imager and you can measure the scale of the Solar System and the distance to a nearby star. You could even measure the distance to another galaxy and observe the cosmological redshift of the expanding universe.

Astronomical Discoveries You Can Make, Too! doesn't just tell you about the development of astronomy; it shows you how to discover for yourself the essential features of the universe.

About the AuthorOnce upon a time, back in the days when the roar of Rocketdyne's rocket-engine tests in the Santa Susanna mountains would roll through the San Fernando Valley like an earthquake, there was a small gang of fourth-graders who discovered that astronomy was a parent-approved reason to stay out in the backyard all night. We ...
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Title:Astronomical Discoveries You Can Make, Too!: Replicating the Work of the Great ObserversFormat:PaperbackDimensions:549 pagesPublished:May 28, 2015Publisher:Springer-Verlag/Sci-Tech/TradeLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:3319156594

ISBN - 13:9783319156590

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Table of Contents

Motions and Positions in the Sky.- The Moon.- The Planets.- The Stars.- Astrophysics and Cosmology.- Appendices.

Editorial Reviews

"This is one of the most genuinelyexciting new astronomy books I've seen in a long time. It shows you, forexample, how you can use Galileo's method to work out the height of mountainson the moon. . The time commitment and equipment requirements for each projectare well set out, and the projects are well explained. . this book a treat forthe armchair astronomer, but a real treasure trove for a team of committedexplorers." (Andy Sawers, Astronomy Now, February, 2016)