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Astronomy is expanding almost as rapidly as the universe itself, and the proliferating scientific jargon can sometimes baffle even the most dedicated amateur. Now, in some 4,000 concise, up-to-date entries, this dictionary cuts a clear path through the maze of complex technical language, offering full, clear definitions drawn from all aspects of astronomy. Compiled by Ian Ridpath, a fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society, and an expert team of contributors, A Dictionary of Astronomy
contains the most recent entries from astrophysics and cosmology to galaxies and time.
Here are succinct definitions for the Big Bang theory, comets, eclipses, Magellanic Clouds, Mars, quasar, relativity, and variable stars. Entries on telescopes and other measuring devices, observatories, space missions, and recently named Solar System objects show how astronomers have explored the universe. The Dictionary also provides biographical entries on eminent astronomers from Copernicus to Edwin Hubble.
From black hole to white dwarf, and from spiral galaxies to solar waves, A Dictionary of Astronomy opens a window on the universe for amateur astronomers everywhere.
"An enormous amount of obscure data is satisfactorily explained here, which is just what you turn to a dictionary for."--Times Literary Supplement
Covering the most up-to-date space exploration missions and technological development, this authoritative dictionary explores topics ranging from astrophysics to galaxies and time.
This revised edition contains 4,000 up-to-date entries written by an expert team of contributors, under the editorship of Ian Ridpath, renowned author and broadcaster. Covering the most recent space exploration missions and latest technological development, this authoritative dictionary covers everything from astrophysics to galaxies and time. World-wide coverage of observatories and telescopes, and major entries on supernova, Big Bang theory, and stellar evolution, make this an invaluable reference source for students, professionals, and amateur astronomers. Appendices include tables of Apollo lunar landing missions and the constellations. The entries are supported by numerous tables and diagrams, and the dictionary also features biographical entries on eminent astronomers.
About the Author
About the Author -
Ian Ridpath is a well-known writer and broadcaster on astronomy. He is the author of the Collins Guide to Stars and Planets and Monthly Star Guide, and editor of Norton's Star Atlas. A fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society, he is a former editor of the magazine Popular Astronomy.
Table of Contents
1. Apollo lunar landing missions
2. Satellites of the planets
3. The constellations
4. The brightest stars
5. The nearest stars
6. The Messier objects
7. The Local Group of galaxies