This is an introductory textbook on spherical and positional
astronomy. It is entirely suitable for use by students with no
prior knowledge of classical astronomy. At the same time, it is
sufficiently comprehensive to make it a useful background reference
book for anyone engaged in practical astronomy. The first three
chapters sketch essential background: mathematical techniques and
coordinate systems. Successive chapters then give treatments of
refraction, aberration, stellar parallex, precession, nutation and
proper motion. An entire chapter is devoted to astrographic plate
measurements. The gravitational two-body problem is solved and
applied to solar system dynamics. Novel areas include a full
treatment of binary star orbits and two chapters on developments in
radio astronomy. Worked examples and problems to be solved by the
reader ensure that this is a valuable textbook.
Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
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Robin M. Green
||Electronic book text
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