ASTRONOMY & COSMOLOGY
The Complete Guide to the Herschel Objects: Sir William Herschel’s Star Clusters, Nebulae and Galaxies
Sir William Herschel’s contributions to astronomy during the late eighteenth century are unrivalled. His lasting legacy is his dedicated all-sky survey of star clusters and nebulae, and these objects continue to be among the most studied in the night sky. This unique book provides a complete re-examination of Herschel’s entire catalogue of non-stellar discoveries, making it the most accurate and up-to-date reference of its kind. Retrace the footsteps of one of history’s greatest astronomers and explore every one of Herschel’s landmark discoveries, including those considered to be lost or non-existent. Read detailed notes about each object’s appearance and physical characteristics, and view hundreds of photos of the most intriguing Herschel objects, along with dozens of sketches of what is visible at the eyepiece. This superb book is a must-have for amateur astronomers seeking new and exciting observing challenges, and as the ultimate reference on the Herschel objects.
Garry McCracken and Peter Stott
Fusion (Second Edition) : The Energy of the Universe
Fusion: The Energy of the Universe, 2e is an essential reference providing basic principles of fusion energy from its history to the issues and realities progressing from the present day energy crisis. The book provides detailed developments and applications for researchers entering the field of fusion energy research. This second edition includes the latest results from the National Ignition Facility at the Lawrence Radiation Laboratory at Livermore, CA, and the progress on the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) tokamak programme at Caderache, France.
Comprehensive coverage— basic principles, detailed developments and practical applications
Wide accessibility, but with sufficient detail to keep the technical reader engaged
Details the initial discovery of nuclear fusion, current attempts to create nuclear fusion here on earth and todays concern over future energy supply
Color illustrations and examples
Includes technical notes for aspiring physicists
David H. Levy
David Levy’s Guide to Eclipses, Transits, and Occultations
In this simple guide, David Levy inspires readers to experience the wonder of eclipses and other transient astronomical events for themselves. Covering both solar and lunar eclipses, he gives step-by-step instructions on how to observe and photograph eclipses. As well as explaining the science behind eclipses, the book also gives their historical background, discussing how they were observed in the past and what we have learned from them.
This personal account contains examples from the 77 eclipses the author has witnessed himself. The guide also includes chapters on occultations of stars and planets by the Moon and of asteroids by stars, and the transits of Mercury and Venus. Tables of future eclipses make this invaluable for anyone, from beginners to practised observers, wanting to learn more about these fascinating events.
This intriguing series takes at our universe and the planets, stars, etc. that are part of it.
After discussing the formation of our solar system, author Capaccio compares Earth and Mars, the planet most like our own. Often called the “Red Planet,” Mars was associated by ancient peoples with war and violence, and named for the Roman god of war. By the 1500s, Tycho Brahe had collected extensive data about Mars, from which Kepler noted its elliptical orbit. In the eighteenth century, William Herschel used telescopes to calculate Mars’s tilted axis and to chart the planet’s features.
Mars has always been a focus for creative speculation; young astronomers will enjoy the section describing fantastic notions ranging from creature-built canals to a Martian invasion of Earth. Using space probes and rovers, scientists have now made new discoveries, engendering even more fantastic speculation. Were there once floods on Mars? Could there be minute microorganisms there? Can humans expect some day to live on Mars? The author reveals that NASA is planning to land astronauts on Mars sometime in the future, though much expensive research and engineering will need to take place before human life can be transported to and survive on this intriguing planet. Vivid illustrations, a fact page, a glossary, and bibliographies enhance the often fascinating text, making Mars attractive to space explorers at varying levels of sophistication
The Sun (Space!)
Describes the sun, including its history, its composition, and its role in the solar system.