586 pages, 35 b/w illustrations, 48 maps, 270 tables
Packed with up-to-date astronomical data about the Solar System, our Galaxy and the wider Universe, this is a one-stop reference for astronomers of all levels.
Patrick Moore's Data Book of Astronomy gives the names, positions, sizes and other key facts of all the planets and their satellites; discusses the Sun in depth, from sunspots to solar eclipses; lists the dates for cometary returns, close-approach asteroids, and significant meteor showers; and includes 88 star charts, with the names, positions, magnitudes and spectra of the stars, along with key data on nebulae and clusters.
"[...] will be an invaluable reference work for serious observers – but it is equally suitable for armchair browsers, and indeed for anyone who is curious about what lies beyond the Earth."
- Martin Rees, Professor of Cosmology and Astrophysics, University of Cambridge (from Foreword)
1. The Solar System
2. The Sun
3. The Moon
8. The asteroid belt
13. Beyond Neptune: the Kuiper Belt
17. Glows and atmospheric effects
18. The stars
19. Stellar spectra and evolution
20. Extrasolar planets
21. Double stars
22. Variable stars
23. Stellar clusters
25. The Galaxy
26. The evolution of the Universe
27. The constellations
28. The star catalogue
29. Telescopes and observatories
30. Non-optical astronomy
31. The history of astronomy
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Patrick Moore CBE, FRS, was an astronomer and author. He received numerous awards and prizes in recognition of his work, including a CBE in 1988 and knighthood in 2001 'for services to popularization of science and to broadcasting'. A former President of the British Astronomical Association, he was honorary Life Vice President, and was the only amateur ever to have held an official post at the International Astronomical Union.
Robin Rees, FRAS, is Director of Canopus Publishing and has produced a number of best-selling astronomy books, and under the Canopus Academic Publishing imprint he publishes academic physics titles.