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Stars and Planets (Princeton Field Guides)

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Publisher Comments:

In this new edition of their classic guide, Ian Ridpath and Wil Tirion bring the night sky down to earth with brand new sky charts, diagrams, and photos that enrich the clear, engaging text. Stars and Planets will delight both latent astronomers who have yet to touch a telescope and the more star-savvy who have spent many a night outside craning their necks behind a lens.

The introduction presents the basics of astronomical observation while answering such questions as: How did constellations come to be? Do the stars within them have anything to do with one another? Do stars really flicker? Next comes the book's centerpiece: an excellent series of maps of the night sky from hemisphere to hemisphere, month to month and, above all, charts showing all 88 constellations, including some 5,000 stars. The text vividly relates the human history behind each constellation and notes their most prominent stars while offering sundry stimulating facts.

The second section focuses on the astrophysics behind stars, galaxies, the sun, the planets, comets and meteors, and more. Striking full-color photos, maps, and illustrations appear on almost every page. The guide concludes with helpful tips on the optical tools of the trade and on astrophotography. Astrophysicists and amateur skywatchers agree that Stars and Planets is simply the most user-friendly, compact source of celestial information available. No one should leave home at night without it.

  • Up to date full color photos and data, including recent planetary images
  • Monthly maps of the night sky as seen from latitudes throughout the world
  • Charts of all 88 constellations, with data and notes on bright stars and other objects of interest
  • Illustrated introduction to stars, nebulae, galaxies, and the solar system
  • Advice on choosing and using binoculars and telescopes

Synopsis:

"A concise and beautifully illustrated guide to the sky's best sights, and to the science behind them."--Mitchell Begelman, author of Turn Right at Orion: Travels through the Cosmos

"Ridpath and Tirion are an unbeatable team. Ridpath writes concisely and movingly about the sky, and Tirion's charts are beautifully done and easy to follow. This is a superb guide to the night sky."--David H. Levy, author of Shoemaker by Levy (Princeton) and co-discoverer of the comet Shoemaker-Levy 9.

Table of Contents

Section I

Introduction 4

The Star Charts 19

Northern and Southern Hemisphere Skies 20

Monthly Skies Throughout the Year 24

The 88 Constellations 72

Section II

Stars 263

Double and Multiple Stars 278

Variable Stars 279

Milky Way, Galaxies and the Universe 283

The Sun 292

The Solar System 298

The Moon 302

Moon Maps 313

Eclipses of the Sun and Moon 334

Mercury 338

Venus 342

Mars 347

Five-year positions for Mars, Jupiter and Saturn 356

Jupiter 366

Saturn 371

Uranus, Neptune and Pluto 375

Comets and Meteors 379

Asteroids and Meteorites 383

Astronomical Instruments and Observing 385

Basic Astrophotography 393

Index 395

Product Details

ISBN:
9780691089133
Author:
Tirion, Wil
Author:
Tirion, Wil
Author:
Ridpath, Ian
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Location:
Princeton, N.J.
Subject:
Astronomy - Star Guides
Subject:
Astronomy
Subject:
Planets
Subject:
Stars
Subject:
Star Observation
Subject:
Adult
Subject:
Astronomy - General
Subject:
Physics
Subject:
Astronomy and Cosmology
Subject:
Popular science
Copyright:
Edition Number:
3
Edition Description:
1435864
Series:
Princeton Field Guides (Paperback)
Series Volume:
no. 105-330
Publication Date:
January 2001
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Illustrations:
142 charts, 95 color photos, 45 figures
Pages:
408
Dimensions:
7.5 x 4.5 in 20 oz

Related Subjects

Science and Mathematics » Astronomy » General
Science and Mathematics » Astronomy » Handbooks and Guides
Science and Mathematics » Nature Studies » General

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"A concise and beautifully illustrated guide to the sky's best sights, and to the science behind them."--Mitchell Begelman, author of Turn Right at Orion: Travels through the Cosmos

"Ridpath and Tirion are an unbeatable team. Ridpath writes concisely and movingly about the sky, and Tirion's charts are beautifully done and easy to follow. This is a superb guide to the night sky."--David H. Levy, author of Shoemaker by Levy (Princeton) and co-discoverer of the comet Shoemaker-Levy 9.

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