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Atlas of the universe
Moore, Patrick.
Personal Author:
Revised edition.
Publication Information:
Cambridge, U.K. ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1998.
Physical Description:
288 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 32 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
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Atlas of the Universe is a definitive reference to the stars, the planets & their moons, & the universe. It is richly illustrated with hundreds of recent photographs & images from ground-based telescopes, the Hubble Space Telescope, & interplanetary spacecraft. In addition to a beautiful & informative portrait of the cosmos, this book provides superb star charts with sound advice on practical observing. There are seven sections: exploring the universe, the solar system, the Sun, the stars, star maps, & practical astronomy.

Author Notes

Patrick Moore was born on March 4, 1923. He is one of the most prolific authors of popular astronomy books. He began publishing astronomy books in 1950 and has been extremely active ever since.

He is director of the lunar section of the British Astronomical Association and was director of the Armagh Planetarium in Northern Ireland from 1965 to 1968. Moore has been the host of a television program, "The Sky at Night," which appeared first on BBC in April 1957. He was awarded the Order of the British Empire in 1968 for his work in astronomy.

Patrick Moore died December 9, 2012.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Library Journal Review

British astronomy popularizer Moore has added yet another volume to his amazingly prolific output, this time a new edition of a reference work first published in 1970 and last completely revised in 1988. At that time, Moore wrote that a full revision would be necessary "before 2000," and the time has now arrived. With such developments as great new telescopes, Mars landings, the space shuttle, Voyager 2 flybys, and missions to Halley's Comet, so much has happened in astronomy in the last decade that this new edition (published last year in Britain as Philip's Atlas of the Universe) is as welcome as it is timely. Like its predecessors, the new edition follows the pattern of a general historical overview, followed by individual sections on the solar system, the sun, the stars, the structure of the universe and our galaxy's place in it, and over 20 useful star maps, all incorporating the newest scientific data. Recommended especially for public libraries and academic libraries collecting undergraduate-level astronomical materials, although those having any of the earlier editions will appreciate the usefulness of this new work.‘Donald J. Marion, Univ. of Science & Engineering Lib., Minneapolis (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.



Introduction When I wrote the first edition of The Atlas of the Universe , in 1970, the great astronomical revolution was just beginning. Electronic devices had started to take over from photographic plates, and computers had become a real force even though they were very crude compared to those of today. Space research was in full swing: men had already landed on the Moon, probes had been sent out to the nearer planets, and the first astronomical observatories were in orbit round the Earth. Since then a great deal has happened. Great new telescopes have been built, allowing us to explore the far reaches of the universe; new theories have forced us to change or even abandon many of the older ideas, even if we have yet to solve fundamental problems such as that of the origins of the universe itself. The progress of space research has been less smooth. There have been spectacular triumphs, but also some serious setbacks. However, there is one very encouraging note; all nations are working together in space, and the International Space Station now orbiting the Earth really is completely international. Undoubtedly there will be further problems during the next few decades, but all in all the outlook remains bright. There are still people who question the value of the space programs, but the cost of a planetary probe does not seem excessive when compared to that of, say, a nuclear submarine, and there are many benefits to mankind: for example, medical research is now closely linked with astronautics. There is a major difference between this Atlas and others. We are used to superb, highly colored images produced by the world's greatest telescopes, but in general the colors are added to help in scientific analysis. Obviously I have included some of these false-colored pictures here, but I have concentrated upon things which can actually be seen by an observer who is adequately equipped. This is not always possible, but I have kept to my rule as far as I can. Since the previous edition, in 2003, much has happened, and for this latest edition I have made further amendments; I hope we are now up to date to May 2005. Patrick Moore Excerpted from Atlas of the Universe by Patrick Moore, Patrick Moore All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.

Table of Contents

ForewordSir Arnold Wolfendale
IntroductionPatrick Moore
Exploring the Universe
Astronomy through the Ages
Telescopes and Stars
Observatories of the World
Great Telescopes
Invisible Astronomy
Rockets into Space
Satellites and Space Probes
Man in Space
Space Stations
The Hubble Space Telescope
The Solar System
The Sun's Family
The Earth in the Solar System
The Earth as a Planet
The Earth's Atmosphere and Magnetosphere
The Earth-Moon System
Features of the Moon
Lunar Landscapes
The Far Side of the Moon
Missions to the Moon
Clementine and Prospector
The Moon: First Quadrant
The Moon: Second Quadrant
The Moon: Third Quadrant
The Moon: Fourth Quadrant
Movement of the Planets
Features of Mercury
Map of Mercury
Mapping Venus
The Magellan Mission
Missions to Mars
Satellites of Mars
Map of Mars
Hubble Views of Mars
Mars from Global Surveyor
The Search for Life on Mars
The Pathfinder Mission
Spirit and Opportunity
Exceptional Asteroids
The Changing Face of Jupiter
Missions to Jupiter
Impacts on Jupiter
Satellites of Jupiter
The Galilean Satellites -- from Galileo
Maps of Jupiter's Satellites
Rings of Saturn
Details of Saturn's Rings
Missions to Saturn
Satellites of Saturn
Maps of Saturn's Icy Satellites
Missions to Uranus
Satellites of Uranus
Maps of the Satellites of Uranus
Satellites of Neptune
The Surface of Pluto
Boundaries of the Solar System
Short-period Comets
Halley's Comet
Great Comets
Millennium Comets
Meteorite Craters
The Sun
Our Star: the Sun
The Surface of the Sun
The Solar Spectrum
Eclipses of the Sun
The Sun in Action
The Stars
Introduction to the Stars
The Celestial Sphere
Distances and Movement of the Stars
Different Types of Stars
The Lives of the Stars
Double Stars
Variable Stars
Black Holes
Stellar Clusters
Views from the Very Large Telescope
The Universe
The Structure of the Universe
Our Galaxy
The Local Group of Galaxies
The Outer Galaxies
The Expanding Universe
The Early Universe
Life in the Universe
Star Maps
Whole Sky Maps
Seasonal Charts: North
Seasonal Charts: South
Ursa Major, Canes Venatici, Leo Minor
Ursa Minor, Draco
Cassiopeia, Cepheus, Camelopardalis, Lacerta
Boötes, Corona Borealis, Coma Berenices
Leo, Cancer, Sextans
Virgo, Libra
Hydra, Corvus, Crater
Lyra, Cygnus, Aquila, Scutum, Sagitta, Vulpecula, Delphinus, Equuleus
Ophiuchus, Serpens
Scorpius, Sagittarius, Corona, Australis
Andromeda, Triangulum, Aries, Perseus
Pegasus, Pisces
Capricornus, Aquarius, Piscis, Australis
Cetus, Eridanus (northern), Fornax
Orion, Canis Major, Canis Minor, Monoceros, Lepus, Columba
Taurus, Gemini
Auriga, Lynx
Carina, Vela, Pyxis, Antlia, Pictor, Volans, Puppis
Centaurus, Crux Australis, Triangulum Australe, Circinus, Ara, telescopium, Norma, Lupus
Grus, Phoenix, Tucana, Pavo, Indus, Microscopium, Sculptor
Eridanus (southern), Horologium, Caelum, Dorado, Reticulum, Hydrus, Mensa, Chamaeleon, Musca, Apus, Octans
The Practical Astronomer
The Beginner's Guide to the Sky
Choosing a Telescope
Home Observatories