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Titel: Star Watch: The Amateur Astronomer's Guide to Finding, Observing, and Learning about More Than 125 Celestial Objects
Autor/en: Philip S. Harrington

ISBN: 0471418048
EAN: 9780471418047
The Amateur Astronomer's Guide to Finding, Observing, and Learning About over 125 Celestial Objects.
Sprache: Englisch.
JOHN WILEY & SONS INC

Juli 2003 - kartoniert - 301 Seiten

Your Passport to the Universe The night sky is alive with many wonders- - distant planets, vast star clusters, glowing nebulae, and expansive galaxies, all waiting to be explored.Let respected astronomy writer Philip Harrington introduce you to the universe in Star Watch, a complete beginner' s guide to locating, observing, and understanding these celestial objects. You' ll start by identifying the surface features of the Moon, the banded cloud tops of Jupiter, the stunning rings of Saturn, and other members of our solar system. Then you' ll venture out beyond our solar system, where you' ll learn tips and tricks for finding outstanding deep-sky objects from stars to galaxies, including the entire Messier catalog- - a primary goal of every serious beginner. Star Watch features a detailed physical description of each target, including size, distance, and structure, as well as concise directions for locating the objects, handy finder charts, hints on the best times view each object, and descriptions of what you' ll really see through a small telescope or binoculars and with the naked eye. Star Watch will transport you to the farthest depths of space- - and return you as a well-traveled, experienced stargazer.
Preface. Acknowledgments. 1. Your Passport to the Stars. 2. The Moon 3. The Planets and Asteroids. 4. The Sun. 5. The Deep Sky. 6. Spring Sky Windows. 7. Summer Sky Windows. 8. Autumn Sky Windows. 9. Winter Sky Windows. Epilogues: Afterthoughts. Appendix A. The Constellations. Appendix B. Planets 2003-2015. Appendix C. The Messier Catalog Plus. Bibliography and References. Glossary. Index.
Philip S. Harrington is the author of eight previous books for the amateur astronomer. He is also a contributing editor for Astronomy magazine, where he has authored the magazine's monthly 'Binocular Universe' column and 'Phil Harrington's Challenge Objects', a quarterly online column on Astronomy.com. He is an Adjunct Professor at Dowling College and Suffolk County Community College, New York, where he teaches courses in stellar and planetary astronomy.
"...appeals to a wide spectrum of the amateur astronomy community and provides a firm grounding in all aspects of observational astronomy." (Astronomy & Space, August 2004) "...has infectious enthusiasm that makes people want to buy a telescope in the first place...a wonderfully written book." (M2 Best Books, 15 March 2004)
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