495 pages, 310 figs, 57 tabs
Comprehensive and non-mathematical guide to spherical astronomy. Covers terrestrial and celestial co-ordinate systems, time measurement and celestial navigation, and prediction of the rising and setting of the stars, Sun and Moon. Focuses on the geometrical aspects of the night sky without using complex trigonometry. Progresses to a general study of the Earth and sky, including the stars and constellations (with useful star maps provided), the motions and appearance of the Moon, tides and eclipses, the orbits of the planets and the smaller bodies of the Solar System (asteroids, meteors, meteorites and comets). Finally, there is a brief overview of atmospheric phenomena (including rainbows and haloes).
&i;"To write a book about spherical astronomy without confusing the non-specialist is far from easy; to do so without using any but the most elementary mathematics is indeed a daunting task. James Kaler has tackled the problem head-on, and has achieved a notable success ... All in all this is a fine book which fills a notable gap in the literature. It may be recommended without the slightest reservation."&o;
- Patrick Moore, The Observatory #
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