Philip's Astronomy Encyclopedia, 1st Edition

  • Editor: Sir Patrick Moore
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  • ISBN-10: 0540089028
  • ISBN-13: 9780540089024
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 456 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2002 | Published/Released November 2005
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2002

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The Philip's Astronomy Encyclopedia is one of the most comprehensive, authoritative and accessible books on astronomy. In more than 3000 alphabetically organized articles and over 500 photographs and diagrams, it covers everything and everyone from the Anglo-Australian Observatory to Fritz Zwicky. Its 464 pages include a host of major articles on subjects such as our Galaxy, the Sun and planets, optical and radio telescopes, stars, black holes, astrophysics, observatories, astronomical photography, space programmes, the constellations and famous astronomers. Supporting these articles are shorter entries on planetary features and satellites, asteroids, observational techniques, comets, satellite launchers, meteros, and subjects as diverse as life in the Universe and the structure of meteorites. Scores of tables list the brightest stars in the major constellations, annual meteor showers, major variable stars, dwarf stars, energy production processes in the Sun, and other relevant data. Philip's Astronomy Encyclopedia is written by more than 100 leading astronomers from the world's universities and observatories, each an expert in a specialized field of knowledge.

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Table of Contents

Cover.
Half Title Page.
Other Frontmatter.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Contributors.
Other Frontmatter.
Foreword.
Other Frontmatter.
1: AAO.
2: AAT.
3: AAVSO.
4: Abbot, Charles Greeley (1872–1961).
5: Abell, George Ogden (1927–83).
6: Aberration (1) (Aberration of Starlight).
7: Aberration (2).
8: Abetti, Giorgio (1882–1982).
9: Ablation.
10: Absolute Magnitude (M).
11: Absolute Temperature.
12: Absolute Zero.
13: Absorption.
14: Absorption Line.
15: Abu'l-Wafā' Al Būzjānī, Muhammad (940–997/8).
16: Acamar.
17: Acapulcoite–lodranite.
18: Acceleration of Free Fall.
19: Accretion.
20: Accretion Disk.
21: ACE.
22: Achernar.
23: Achilles.
24: Achondrite.
25: Achromat (Achromatic Lens).
26: Acidalia Planitia.
27: Acrux.
28: Actinometer (Pyrheliometer).
29: Active Galactic Nucleus (AGN).
30: Active Optics.
31: Active Region.
32: Adams, John Couch (1819–92).
33: Adams, Walter Sydney, Jr (1876–1956).
34: Adaptive Optics.
35: ADC.
36: Adhara.
37: Adiabatic.
38: Adonis.
39: Adrastea.
40: Advanced Composition Explorer (ACE).
41: Aerolite.
42: Aeronomy.
43: Aether.
44: Agena.
45: Agena.
46: Aglaonike.
47: AGN.
48: Airglow.
49: Airy, George Biddell (1801–92).
50: Airy Disk.
51: Aitken, Robert Grant (1864–1951).
52: AI Velorum Star.
53: AL.
54: Alba Patera.
55: Albategnius.
56: Albategnius.
57: Al-Battānī, Abu'Abdullah Muhammad Ibn Jābir (Latinized as Albategnius) (c.858–929).
58: Albedo.
59: Albert.
60: Albireo.
61: Alcor.
62: Alcyone.
63: Aldebaran.
64: Alderamin.
65: Aldrin, Edwin Eugene ('Buzz'), Jr (1930– ).
66: Alfvén, Hannes Olof Gösta (1908–95).
67: Alfvén Waves.
68: Algenib.
69: Algieba.
70: Algol.
71: Algol Stars (EA).
72: Algonquin Radio Observatory (ARO).
73: ALH 84001.
74: Alhena.
75: Alioth.
76: Alkaid (Benetnasch).
77: Allan Hills 84001 (ALH 84001).
78: Allegheny Observatory.
79: Allende.
80: Allen Telescope Array (ATA).
81: ALMA.
82: Almaak.
83: Almagest.
84: Almanac, Astronomical.
85: Alnair.
86: Alnath.
87: Alnilam.
88: Alnitak.
89: Alpes (Montes Alps).
90: Alpes Vallis (Alpine Valley).
91: Alpha.
92: Alpha2 Canum Venaticorum Star (ACV).
93: Alpha Capricornids.
94: Alpha Centauri (Rigil Kentaurus, Toliman).
95: Alpha Monocerotids.
96: Alpha Particle.
97: Alphard.
98: Alpha Regio.
99: Alphekka (Gemma).
100: Alpheratz.
101: Alphonso X (1221–84).
102: Alphonsus.
103: ALPO.
104: Alrescha.
105: Al-Sūfī, Abu'l-Husain (Latinized as Azophi) (903–986).
106: Altair.
107: Altai Rupes.
108: Altazimuth Mounting.
109: Altitude.
110: Al-Tūsī, Nasīr al-Dīn (Latinized as Nasireddin or Nasiruddin) (1201–74).
111: Aluminizing.
112: Alvan Clark & Sons.
113: Alvarez, Luis Walter (1911–88).
114: Al-Zarqāli, AbūIshaq Ibrahim Ibn Yahya (Latinized as Arzachel, and Other Variants) (1028–87).
115: Amalthea.
116: Amateur Astronomy, history of.
117: Ambartsumian, Viktor Amazaspovich (1908–96).
118: AM Canum Venaticorum.
119: American Association of Variable Star Observers (AAVSO).
120: Ames Research Center.
121: AM Herculis Star (AM).
122: AMiBA.
123: Amor Asteroid.
124: Amplitude.
125: Am Star.
126: Amu.
127: Analemma.
128: Ananke.
129: Anastigmat.
130: Anaxagoras.
131: Anaxagoras of Clazomenae (c.499–428 BC).
132: Anaximander of Miletus (c.611–547 BC).
133: Ancient Beijing Observatory.
134: Anderson, John August (1876–1959).
135: Andromeda.
136: Andromeda Galaxy (M31, NGC 224).
137: Andromedids (Bielids).
138: Angara.
139: Anglo-Australian Observatory (AAO).
140: Anglo-Australian Telescope (AAT).
141: Angrite.
142: Ångström, Anders Jonas (1814–74).
143: Angstrom Unit (Symbol Å).
144: Angular Measure.
145: Angular Momentum.
146: Ann Arbor Observatory (University of Michigan Detroit Observatory).
147: Annual Parallax (Heliocentric Parallax).
148: Annular Eclipse.
149: Anomalistic Month.
150: Anomalistic Year.
151: Anomaly.
152: Anorthosite.
153: Ansae.
154: Antapex.
155: Antarctic Astronomy.
156: Antares.
157: Antenna.
158: Antennae (NGC 4038 & 4039).
159: Anthropic Principle.
160: Antimatter.
161: Antiope.
162: Antitail.
163: Antlia (GEN. Antliae, ABBR. ANT).
164: Antoniadi, Eugène Michael (1870–1944).
165: Antoniadi Scale.
166: Apache Point Observatory (APO).
167: Ap-, Apo.
168: Apastron.
169: Apennines, Montes (Apennine Mountains).
170: Aperture.
171: Aperture Synthesis.
172: Apex (Solar Apex).
173: Aphelion.
174: Aphrodite Terra.
175: Apochromat.
176: Apogee.
177: Apollo Asteroid.
178: Apollonius of Perga (262–190 BC).
179: Apollo Programme.
180: Apparent Magnitude.
181: Apparent Solar Time.
182: Apparition.
183: Appulse.
184: Apsides.
185: Ap Star.
186: Apus (GEN. Apodis, ABBR. APS).
187: Aquarius (GEN. Aquarii, ABBR. AQR).
188: Aquila (GEN. Aquilae, ABBR. AQL).
189: Ara (GEN. Arae, ABBR. ARA).
190: Arago, (Dominique) François (Jean) (1786–1853).
191: Aratus of Soli (315–245 BC).