Cambridge Illustrated Dictionary of Astronomy by Jacqueline Mitton

By Jacqueline Mitton

This lavishly illustrated new dictionary written through an skilled author and advisor on astronomy presents a vital advisor to the universe for newbie astronomers of every age. round 1300 rigorously chosen and cross-referenced entries are complemented by means of countless numbers of gorgeous color illustrations, taken from area missions, the Hubble area Telescope, and different significant observatories in the world and in house. exotic stellar illustrator Wil Tirion has drawn 20 new celebrity maps in particular for inclusion right here. A myriad of named astronomical gadgets, constellations, observatories and area missions are defined intimately, in addition to biographical sketches for 70 of the main luminous contributors within the heritage of astronomy and house technology. Acronyms and professional phrases are basically defined, making for the main thorough and punctiliously assembled reference source that lecturers and fanatics of astronomy will ever desire.

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They extend across 7 of sky, equivalent to almost two million light years. The galaxy is also a strong source of X-rays.

It is 1300 km (800 miles) in diameter and the most conspicuous feature on the planet. Calypso A small satellite of Saturn discovered in 1980. It measures 30 · 16 · 16 km (19 · 10 · 10 miles) across and it shares the same orbit as ä Tethys and ä Telesto at a distance of 294 660 km (183 093 miles) from Saturn. Camelopardalis (alternatively Camelopardus; The Giraffe) A large but not very conspicuous constellation near the north celestial pole. It was first mentioned in 1624 by the German mathematician Jakob Bartsch, who was a son-in-law of Johannes ä Kepler.

Cassini The orbiting spacecraft of the ä Cassini–Huygens mission to Saturn. Cassini Division A conspicuous dark gap between the A and B rings of ä Saturn. It is 2600 km (1616 miles) wide. Cassini, Giovanni Domenico (Jean-Dominique) (1625–1712) Cassini was born near Genoa in Italy and became a professor of astronomy in Bologna but in 1669 King Louis IV of France persuaded him to move to Paris to take charge of the newly established ä Paris Observatory. He became a French citizen in 1673 and adopted the French form of his first names.

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