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The Vanishing Universe: Adverse Environmental Impacts of Astronomy

Edited By: D McNally

208 pages, 4 col plates, 45 b/w photos, 20 illus, 12 tabs, 5 maps

Cambridge University Press

Hardback | Sep 1994 | #32336 | ISBN: 0521450209
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Study of the impact of electromagnetic pollution and space debris on the future of observational astronomy.

'The real value of The Vanishing Universe, however, is in its detailed expositon of the causes of light, radio and debris pollution, and its suggestions for concerted international action ! highly readable book.' Webb Society Quarterly Journal 'As stimulus material for students there is much here to secure interest and broaden horizons on environmental problems.' Bob Kibble, Physics Education


Introduction - the effect of civilisation on observational astronomy D. McNally; 1. The frontiers of modern astronomy M. S. Longair; 2. The aims of astronomy in science and the humanities: why astronomy must be protected P. Murdin; 3. General principles of the right to uninterrupted activities in outer space B. Reijen; 4. Light pollution - theft of the night D. L. Crawford; 5. Impact and restriction of interference of light D. A. Schreudre; 6. Adverse environmental impacts on astronomy: the case of improved street lighting D. T. Herbert; 7. Light extinction in the atmosphere N. Laulainen; 8. Environmental effects on astronomical observation J. Kovalevsky; 9. Natural background radiation: the light from the night sky A. C. Levasseur-Regourd; 10. Opening the radio window F. Graham-Smith; 11. The threat to radio astronomy J. B. Whiteoak; 12. Radio interference to passive scientific measurements: its causes and its cures R. M. Price; 13. Radio astronomy in the radio environment C. Kirby and R. G. Struzak; 14. Preserving wilderness areas in the radio spectrum P. A. Vanden Bout; 15. Illustration of radio interference D. McNally; 16. mm-Wave - the last virgin land M. Morimoto; 17. The Mount Wilson story M. Bester, S. Baliunas, C. Shelton and L. Webster; 18. Radio astronomy and the developing countries G. Swarup; 19. The disappearance of the night sky D. Malin; 20. The space debris environment of the earth W. Flury; 21. Space debris observations: needs for new technology Y. Arimoto; 22. Illustration of the effects of space debris D. McNalley; 23. Space debris: how to improve the situation L. Perek.

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