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Stars and planets
Ridpath, Ian.
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Publication Information:
London ; New York : Hamlyn, 1978.
Physical Description:
96 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 33 cm
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Includes index.
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From the planet Jupiter to a refracting telescope, discover all about the stars and planets in our solar system and the equipment you need to spot them. Each of the planets is illustrated and described in detail, while locating planets in the night sky is made simple using charts, maps and diagrams.

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Astronomical handbooks constitute a special genre all their own; they are intended to be field manuals for use at night outdoors. This is one of several, neither distinctively better or worse than others. However, Ridpath largely avoids the errors made in some: the combination of material for those long familiar with the use of a telescope with very introductory material designed for those new to the telescope. He achieves a better balance between these two extremes. Maps of all 88 constellations are presented but may be of limited appeal to some observers; many stars shown can never be seen from a site not free of haze and light pollution, and the latitude limits over which each can be viewed assume a perfectly dark sky found only in space above the atmosphere. The sections on the solar system are more lucid and usable. Despite a number of typos, this is a useful addition for any library. All levels. A. R. Upgren Wesleyan University

Table of Contents

Section I Introductionp. 4
The Star Chartsp. 19
Northern and Southern Hemisphere Skiesp. 20
Monthly Skies Throughout the Yearp. 24
Thep. 88
Constellationsp. 72
Section II Starsp. 263
Double and Multiple Starsp. 278
Variable Starsp. 279
Milky Way, Galaxies and the Universep. 283
The Sunp. 292
The Solar Systemp. 298
The Moonp. 302
Moon Mapsp. 313
Eclipses of the Sun and Moonp. 334
Mercuryp. 338
Venusp. 342
Marsp. 347
Five-year positions for Mars, Jupiter and Saturnp. 356
Jupiterp. 366
Saturnp. 371
Uranus, Neptune and Plutop. 375
Comets and Meteorsp. 379
Asteroids and Meteoritesp. 383
Astronomical Instruments and Observingp. 385
Basic Astrophotographyp. 393
Indexp. 395