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Spherical Astronomy

Spherical Astronomy

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  • Date Published: November 1985
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521317795

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  • This is an introductory textbook on spherical and positional astronomy. It is entirely suitable for use by students with no prior knowledge of classical astronomy. At the same time, it is sufficiently comprehensive to make it a useful background reference book for anyone engaged in practical astronomy. The first three chapters sketch essential background: mathematical techniques and coordinate systems. Successive chapters then give treatments of refraction, aberration, stellar parallex, precession, nutation and proper motion. An entire chapter is devoted to astrographic plate measurements. The gravitational two-body problem is solved and applied to solar system dynamics. Novel areas include a full treatment of binary star orbits and two chapters on developments in radio astronomy. Worked examples and problems to be solved by the reader ensure that this is a valuable textbook.

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    • Date Published: November 1985
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521317795
    • length: 536 pages
    • dimensions: 231 x 158 x 33 mm
    • weight: 0.8kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Preface
    1. Basic formulae
    2. The celestial sphere
    3. The reference frame
    4. Geocentric coordinates
    5. Direct measurements of right ascension and declination
    6. Two-body orbital motion
    7. Planetary and satellite orbits
    8. Heliocentric and barycentric coordinates
    9. Precession and nutation
    10. Time
    11. Proper motion and radical velocity
    12. Mean and apparent coordinates
    13. Astrographic plate measurements
    14. Stellar distances and movements
    15. Elements of radio astronomy
    16. Radio astronomy
    17. Planetary phenomena and surface coordinates
    18. Eclipses and occultations
    19. Binary stars
    Appendices
    References
    Index.

  • Editor

    Robin M. Green

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