Fundamental Astronomy

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Hannu Karttunen, Pekka Kröger, Heikki Oja, Markku Poutanen, Karl Johan Donner
Springer, Nov 8, 2016 - Science - 550 pages

Fundamental Astronomy gives a well-balanced and comprehensive introduction to the topics of classical and modern astronomy. While emphasizing both the astronomical concepts and the underlying physical principles, the text provides a sound basis for more profound studies in the astronomical sciences.
The fifth edition of this successful undergraduate textbook has been extensively modernized and extended in the parts dealing with the Milky Way, extragalactic astronomy and cosmology as well as with extrasolar planets and the solar system (as a consequence of recent results from satellite missions and the new definition by the International Astronomical Union of planets, dwarf planets and small solar-system bodies). Furthermore a new chapter on astrobiology has been added.
Long considered a standard text for physical science majors, Fundamental Astronomy is also an excellent reference and entrée for dedicated amateur astronomers.

 

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it has an error on Fig. 2.8, it changes geocentric and geographic latitudes, but is very complete! Fair Enogh!

Contents

Introduction
1
Spherical Astronomy
11
Observations and Instruments
51
Photometric Concepts and Magnitudes
91
Radiation Mechanisms
103
Celestial Mechanics
122
The Solar System
141
Objects of the Solar System
181
Star Clusters and Associations
359
The Milky Way
366
Galaxies
387
Cosmology
421
Astrobiology
445
Exoplanets
458
Mathematics
463
Theory of Relativity
473

Stellar Spectra
226
Binary Stars and Stellar Masses
241
Stellar Structure
248
Stellar Evolution
263
The Sun
283
Variable Stars
298
Compact Stars
313
The Interstellar Medium
327
Tables
477
Answers to Exercises
501
Further Reading
506
Photograph Credits
511
Colour Supplement
513
Index
533
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Hannu Karttunen is a Finnish astronomer and science writer. He is an associate professor at Turku University and works at Tuorla Observatory. Besides astronomical articles Dr. Karttunen has published astronomy textbooks and teaching material as well as articles for anthologies and encyclopedias. Karttunen has also produced a radio lecture series on astronomy. Hannu Karttunen received the 1998 Tieto-Finlandia Award for his book Oldest science: Astronomy Stone Age to the mission to the moon, and, in2007, the Finnish News Writers Association Tietopöllö Award for his writings and books for children and young people.

Heikki Oja is a Finnish astronomer and associate professor at the University of Helsinki, as well as the former director of the Almanac Office. Dr. Oja has written dozens of non-technical non-fiction books and appeared frequently on the radio to talk about astronomy and space research. He has received several awards for his outreach activities.

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