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Held up by the heliopause? Floored by the flatness problem? Intimidated by MACHOs? With the Cambridge Astronomy Dictionary you'll no longer be defeated by such astronomical jargon! These and 3,200 additional words, names, and abbreviations used in amateur and professional astronomy, are clearly and concisely defined. Entries include information from modern and classical astronomy, including:

  • A comprehensive selection of specialist terms
  • All the constellations, planets, and moons of the solar system
  • Comets, stars, asteroids, nebulae, and galaxies
  • Telescopes, observatories, spacecraft, and space missions

    Published internationally as The Penguin Dictionary of Astronomy, it is considered the classic reference work in its field. This edition has been completely revised and includes many new entries. Anyone involved with astronomy, either professionally or as a hobby, will find the Cambridge Astronomy Dictionary a handy and invaluable reference. Jacqueline Mitton's interest in astronomy began when she was a child and she had her first telescope as a teenager. She graduated from the University of Oxford with a degree in physics, then obtained her PhD in astronomy at the University of Cambridge. In 1989 she became the Press Officer of the Royal Astronomical Society. She is a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society, a member of the International Astronomical Union, and a Member of the Division of Planetary Sciences of the American Astronomical Society. She is the author or co-author of 16 astronomy books and writes for both children and adults.
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    Aberration: "An apparent displacement in the observed position of a star." Earthshine: "A faint illumination of what would otherwise be the 'dark' part of the Moon when its phase is a thin crescent." Peculiar galaxy: "A term loosely applied to any galaxy that does not readily fit into the Hubble classification, shows signs of unusual energetic activity, or is interacting tidally with other neighboring galaxies."

    The language of astronomy is both oddly poetic and utterly prosaic, dotted with terms and names from classical mythology (Orion, Charon), Arabic (Aldebaran, Ras Algethi), and no-nonsense scientific classification (jansky, Supernova 1987A). In this gathering of more than 3,000 entries, ranging from Abell Catalogue to ZZ Ceti Star, Cambridge-trained astronomer Jacqueline Mitton provides an authoritative survey of the most commonly used technical terms in the discipline, along with a few terms borrowed from physics and space science. Many of the entries are cross-referenced and illustrated. The result is an accessibly written reference that is of particular use to students and hobbyists. --Gregory McNamee

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    Anyone involved with astronomy, either professionally or as a leisure interest, will find this dictionary a handy and invaluable reference book. Over 3,000 words, names and abbreviations encountered in amateur and professional astronomy, are explained clearly and concisely in a style that is authoritative but accessible. In addition to a comprehensive selection of specialist terms, entries include all the constellations, all the planets and moons of the solar system, many individual comets, stars and asteroids, observatories and spacecraft.

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