Fundamentals of Astronomy

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CRC Press, Jul 20, 2006 - Science - 366 pages
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Providing a broad overview of foundational concepts, Fundamentals of Astronomy covers topics ranging from spherical astronomy to celestial mechanics, closing with two chapters that discuss elements of astronomical photometry and spectroscopy. Supplementary and explanatory notes at the end of each chapter provide references to material published in scientific journals, and solved and unsolved exercises allow students to review their understanding of the material. Broad in coverage, the book presents arguments from classical astronomy, such as spherical astronomy, that form the foundation for future work in the field.

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Contents

Spherical Astronomy
1
Notes
15
Astronomical Reference Systems
21
Notes
38
Exercises
50
Notes
64
The Movements of the Fundamental Planes
69
Notes
87
Notes
181
Notes
196
Notes
214
Orbital Elements and Ephemerides
217
Notes
234
Notes
259
Notes
277
Notes
313

Notes
109
Notes
129
Notes
145
Notes
167
Elements of Astronomical Spectroscopy
319
Notes
345
Index
357
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