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Published: 19 January 2012

544 Pages | b/w line drawings


ISBN: 9780199609055

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A Dictionary of Astronomy

Revised second edition

Ian Ridpath

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  • Edited by Ian Ridpath, prolific astronomy author and broadcaster, with the help of more than 20 expert contributors
  • Contains over 4,300 entries on all aspects of astronomy
  • Worldwide coverage of telescopes and observatories such as the Atacama Cosmology Telescope and the European Northern Observatory
  • Biographical entries on eminent astronomers such as Ptolemy, Hubble, and Halley
  • Includes highlighted entries on key topics such as Big Bang theory, black holes, galaxy evolution, and SETI
  • Supplementary material includes a new table of planetary data, Apollo lunar landing missions, and an A to Z of variable star types
  • Contains entry-level web links that are listed and regularly updated on a companion website

New to this Edition:

  • All entries have been revised and updated to reflect recent developments in the field of astronomy
  • Approximately 50 new entries, such as Juno, Plutoid, and Interstellar Boundary Explorer
  • A new appendix listing planetary data
  • Entry-level web links are listed and regularly updated on a companion website, expanding the scope of the dictionary