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The Amateur Astronomer's Introduction to the Celestial Sphere


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Table of Contents

1. The lure of the sky; 2. Location and coordinates; 3. Stars and constellations; 4. Motions of the Earth; 5. The seasons; 6. The phases of the Moon; 7. Eclipses; 8. Observation projects; Appendices.

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Introduction to the night sky and the principles of naked-eye astronomy using only elementary mathematics.


'... to many beginners will seem a convenient advantage ... the book achieves its objective better than some others I have read ...' Astronomy Now '... perfect for those who desire a deeper understanding of the principles of naked eye astronomy. If you want to know why the night sky changes, this book is for you.' BBC Sky at Night 'This book covers co-ordinate systems, stars, the rotation and revolution of the Earth, the motion of the Moon, and eclipses. There is little mathematics beyond addition and subtraction. ... a web page for the book ... contains coloured versions of the figures. ... Each chapter ends with questions and review problems, and the book concludes with observational projects and appendices with additional mathematical material, data, and a glossary.' The Observatory

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