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KEY DEFINITIONS OF ASTRONOMY

Author / Publisher : Jacqueline Mitton
File Letter : Green dot
Topic : HANDBOOK
Comments : Published 1980

 

All sciences, including astronomy, have their own terminology which can be very confusing to the general reader. Perihelions, Berenice’s Hair, Van Allen Belts – such special terms may be encountered in magazines and newspaper articles, and this book provides simple explanations of them, while avoiding the most complex technical details. The entries of short definitions, amplified where appropriate with additional information and examples. There are also photographs and specially commissioned line drawings to illustrate various astronomical phenomena.  Nearly 250 topics ranging from black holes to quasars and from aberrations to zodiac, are included in this guide to the language of astronomy.

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