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Observing the Universe: A Guide to Observational Astronomy and Planetary Scienceby W. Alan Cooper
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Introducing a range of useful techniques and skills for those wishing to undertake observational work in astronomy and planetary science, this book covers the principles of telescopes and detectors, photometry and spectroscopy and microscopy techniques for analyzing samples. Fully self-contained, it will be a valuable guide for undergraduate students of astronomy and planetary science, as well as amateur astronomers.
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For those amongst us who cannot resist looking up outside at night, Norton and his colleagues from the Open University and Durham University explain the basic techniques and skills of observational astronomy. They describe the night sky, telescopes, spectrographs, microscopes (for extra-terrestrial samples) and astronomical detectors such as charge-coupled devices, and how to analyze the data they provide. They also describe the skills needed to do practical work, such as preparing oneself for thriving in a team environment, keeping records, dealing with experimental uncertainties, analyzing data and graphs, using calculators and computers, and communicating results. They provide questions in each section, an answer key, references, websites, and a glossary.
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Observing the Universe introduces a range of techniques and skills that will be useful for those wishing to undertake observational work in astronomy and planetary science. It covers the principles of telescopes and detectors, photometry and spectroscopy, microscopy techniques for analysing samples, teamwork skills, planning for a session at an observatory, keeping records of what you do, estimating uncertainties in measurements, analysing data numerically and graphically, and producing a written report. Fully self-contained, this is a valuable guide for undergraduate students of astronomy and planetary science, and serious amateur astronomers.
Fully self-contained introduction to observational optical astronomy and planetary science.
About the Author
Andrew Norton obtained his PhD from the University of Leicester. He has written several books for Open University courses in both physics and astronomy. His research is in the area of interacting binary stars.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction; Part I. Techniques: 2. The night sky - positional astronomy; 3. Telescopes; 4. Spectrographs; 5. Astronomical detectors; 6. Reducing CCD data; 7. Photometry; 8. Spectroscopy; 9. Microscopes and microscopy techniques; 10. Interpreting images of planetary surfaces; Part II. Skills: 11. Team working; 12. Preparing for practical work in astronomy and planetary science; 13. Keeping records; 14. Experimental uncertainties; 15. Analysing experimental data; 16.Making use of graphs; 17. Using calculators and computers; 18. Communicating your results.
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