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Cambridge Illustrated Dictionary of Astronomy

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  • Written in clear, non-technical language, so that no prior specialist knowledge is needed
  • Entries are packed with authoritative information and fully cross-referenced, making it an easy-to-use and compact reference source
  • Generously illustrated in colour, adding another dimension to the descriptions

By: Jacqueline Mitton(Author)

397 pages, illustrations

Cambridge University Press

Hardback | Dec 2007 | #171054 | ISBN-13: 9780521823647
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This lavishly illustrated new dictionary written by an experienced writer and consultant on astronomy provides an essential guide to the universe for amateur astronomers of all ages. Around 1300 carefully selected and cross-referenced entries are complemented by hundreds of colour illustrations, taken from space missions, the Hubble Space Telescope, and other major observatories on Earth and in space.

Distinguished stellar illustrator Wil Tirion has drawn 20 new star maps especially for inclusion here. A myriad of named astronomical objects, constellations, observatories and space missions are described in detail, as well as biographical sketches for 70 of the most luminous individuals in the history of astronomy and space science. Acronyms and specialist terms are clearly explained, making for the most thorough and carefully assembled reference resource that teachers and enthusiasts of astronomy will ever need.

"[...] the most thorough and carefully assembled reference resource for teachers and enthusiasts of astronomy."
- Spaceflight

"This is a [...] book that I feel should be on the bookshelves of anyone interested in or studying astronomy."
- Brian Tmbrell, F.A.S. Newsletter

"[...] glossy and lavish [...]"
- Astronomy Now

"The book is a pleasure to behold, with excellent reproductions of the colour images and a clear, well-written text."
- The Observatory


- Preface
- A-Z contents

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Jacqueline Mitton trained as an astronomer at both Oxford and Cambridge Universities. She is the author or co-author of over 20 astronomy books for both children and adults, and has also been consultant or contributor to many other reference books. She has been editor of the Journal of the British Astronomical Association, and the annual Handbook of the British Astronomical Association. As Press Officer of the Royal Astronomical Society, she made regular contributions to TV and radio about astronomical developments. She continues to keep up-to-date with recent astronomical advances.

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