Cambridge illustrated dictionary of astronomy by Jacqueline Mitton

By Jacqueline Mitton

Beautifully-illustrated dictionary; a necessary advisor to the universe for astronomers of every age.

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By Jacqueline Mitton

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Bolide A particularly bright ä meteor accompanied by an explosive sound or sonic boom. bolometric magnitude The ä magnitude of a celestial object, taking into account all the energy it radiates at all wavelengths. The bolometric magnitude of an object that emits strongly in the ultraviolet or infrared, for example, differs greatly from its visual magnitude. [40] Bradley, James (1693–1762) 16h 15h 14h 13h DRACO URSA MAJOR +50 º κ θ +50º ι λ HERCULES +40º ϕ ν2 ν1 β +40º Nekkar µ CORONA BOREALIS Seginus γ CANES VENATICI δ +30º +30º ρ χ ψ σ ε Izar W ω COMA BERENICES +20º +20º α ξ Muphrid Arcturus ο π SERPENS ζ η τ υ BOÖTES +10º +10º VIRGO 15h Magnitudes: Open clusters 5 4 3 Globular clusters 14h 2 1 0 Planetary nebulae brighter than 0 Bright nebulae WIL TIRION Variable stars Galaxies The constellation Boo¨tes.

He discovered the phenomenon of aberration while trying to measure stellar ä parallax. As a result of his accurate observations over many years he also discovered the ä nutation of Earth’s axis, which he announced in 1748. Brahe, Tycho (1546–1601) Tycho Brahe made the most accurate observations of the positions of stars and planets before the invention of the telescope. He [42] brown dwarf was born into a noble Danish family and started to study astronomy after seeing a partial eclipse of the Sun in 1560.

The new types introduced following the discovery of brown dwarfs are L and T. Cool dwarf stars and the younger, warmer brown dwarfs look similar although their masses are different, and it is difficult to distinguish between them on the basis of their spectra alone. They both fall into types M and L. The M-type objects, with surface temperatures ranging down to 2100 K, have water and strong oxide features in their spectra. The next cooler group, with temperatures of roughly 1500–2100 K are the L dwarfs (L0 to L8).

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