784 pages, 29 b/w photos, 309 b/w illustrations, 247 tables
Fully updated and including data from space-based observations, this Third Edition is a comprehensive compilation of the facts and figures relevant to astronomy and astrophysics. As well as a vast number of tables, graphs, diagrams and formulae it also includes a comprehensive index and bibliography, allowing readers to easily find the information they require. The book contains information covering a diverse range of topics in addition to astronomy and astrophysics, including atomic physics, nuclear physics, relativity, plasma physics, electromagnetism, mathematics, probability and statistics, and geophysics. This handbook contains the most frequently used information in modern astrophysics, and will be an essential reference for graduate students, researchers and professionals working in astronomy and the space sciences.
Please note that the publisher has cancelled plans for a paperback version.
"In its various incarnations it has been a constant companion for my entire scientific career [...] Compared to the last edition, the new version of the handbook has almost double the number of pages and represents a considerable expansion of the content of each chapter. Examples of improvement include updated lists of Solar System natural satellites and high-redshift objects. There are also completely new sections such as the list of extra-solar planets, none of which had been detected when the last edition was produced. [...] there is a lot of material, particularly that pertaining to the basic tools of an instrument developer and observer in space astronomy, that, to my knowledge, is not usefully collected in any other single volume. It is certainly worth purchasing by anyone wanting a ready reference for basic instrumentation and observational techniques [...] I have no doubt that my copy of the 3rd edition will be as well-used as the previous one."
- The Observatory
"Overall this is an excellent book, one that for most astronomers, whether professional or amateur, should take price of place on his or her bookshelf as a valuable reference for years to come."
- Journal of the British Astronomical Association
1. General data
2. Astronomy and astrophysics
3. Radio astronomy
4. Infrared and submillimeter astronomy
5. Ultraviolet astronomy
6. X-ray astronomy
7. Gamma-ray astronomy
8. Cosmic rays
9. Earth's atmosphere and environment
10. Relativity and cosmology
11. Atomic physics
12. Electromagnetic radiation
13. Plamsa physics
14. Experimental astronomy and astrophysics
17. Probability and statistics
18. Radiation safety
19. Astronomical catalogs
20. Computer science
21. Glossary of abbreviations and symbols
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Martin Zombeck was a Senior Scientist at the High Energy Astrophysics Division of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He is co-editor of High Resolution X-ray Spectroscopy of Cosmic Plasmas (Cambridge University Press, 1990).