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Stars & Planets: The Most Complete Guide to the Stars, Planets, Galaxies, and the Solar System.



STARS & PLANETS: The Most Complete Guide to the Stars, Planets, Galaxies, and the Solar System solar system, the sun and the surrounding planets, natural satellites, dwarf planets, asteroids, meteoroids, and comets that are bound by its gravity. The sun is by far the most massive part of the solar system, containing almost 99.9% of the system's total mass.  IAN RIDPATH Ian (William) Ridpath (born 1 May 1947, Ilford, Essex) is a British science writer and broadcaster made famous for his investigation and explanation of the Rendlesham Forest Incident of December 1980.  & WIL TIRION Wil Tirion (born February 19, 1943) is a preeminent Dutch uranographer (celestial cartographer). His most famous work, Sky Atlas 2000.0, is renowned by astronomers for its accuracy and beauty. The second edition of his most complete work to date, Uranometria 2000.  

This fourth edition has been revised and expanded. Though it is small enough to fit into a coat pocket on a cool, dark evening, the amount of the material within could fill volumes. The book seems designed to convert curious readers into stargazers. Many of the celestial sights described in the book can be seen with binoculars, and all are accessible with an average telescope used by an amateur astronomer. Thorough guides explain how to read star charts for each hemisphere, monthly, and constellation. And at least two pages are devoted to every officially recognized constellation as well as to other patterns of stars belonging to one or more constellations (such as the Big Dipper Big Dipper, familiar configuration of stars visible in the constellation Ursa Major (see Ursa Major and Ursa Minor). , a part of Ursa Major). The section on stars, nebulae, planets, and more contains a six-page moon map with every crater named. This is your atlas to the observable universe This article or section may contain inappropriate or misinterpreted which do not the text.
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. Princeton Univ. Press, 2007, color photos and illus., 400 p., paperback, $19.95.

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Date:Feb 23, 2008
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