A Dictionary of Astronomy
The revised second edition of this established dictionary contains over 4,300 up-to-date entries covering all aspects of astronomy. Compiled with the help of over 20 expert contributors under the editorship of renowned author and broadcaster Ian Ridpath, A Dictionary of Astronomy covers everything from space exploration and the equipment involved, to astrophysics, cosmology, and the concept of time. The dictionary also includes biographical entries on eminent astronomers, as well as worldwide coverage of observatories and telescopes. Supplementary material is included in the appendices, such as tables of Apollo lunar landing missions and the constellations, a table of planetary data, and numerous other tables and diagrams complement the entries. The entries have been fully revised and updated for this edition, and new entries have been added to reflect the recent developments within the field of astronomy, including magnetic reconnection, Fornax cluster, luminosity density, and Akatsuki. The content is enhanced by entry-level web links, which are listed and regularly updated on a companion website. A Dictionary of Astronomy is an invaluable reference source for students, professionals, amateur astronomers, and space enthusiasts.
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9 Official Abbr absorption achondrites Alpha altitude antenna Array asteroid astronomer atmosphere atoms axis binary black hole body bright catalogue celestial centre classiﬁcation clouds comet constellation corona cosmic craters deﬁned density diameter discovered disk distance dust dwarf Earth eclipse electron elliptical emission energy equator equinox ﬁlters ﬁrst ﬂares galactic galaxies giant Globular cluster gravitational Hubble hydrogen impact craters infrared interstellar ionized Jupiter known launched lens light lines luminosity lunar magnetic ﬁeld magnitude main sequence Mars measured meteor meteorite mirror Moon motion NASA nebula neutron nucleus object observed Official observatory website Open cluster optical orbital period particles perihelion photometry photon planet planetary polar pulsar radiation radio redshift reﬂecting reﬂector region rotation satellite semimajor axis solar masses Solar System space spacecraft spectral type spectrum spiral stellar Sun's sunspot supergiant supernova surface telescope temperature ultraviolet Universe variable variable star velocity visible wavelengths white dwarf X-ray