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By John Daintith PH.D., Professor William Gould

"The evidence On dossier Dictionary of Astronomy, 5th version" is a brand new version within the "Dictionary technological know-how" sequence. This quantity makes use of transparent descriptions of alternative celestial our bodies, observational thoughts and tools, and medical and mathematical theories wherein different dictionaries during this self-discipline were measured. Now in its 5th variation, this ebook has been completely up to date and improved with greater than 3,700 cross-referenced entries - 2 hundred greater than the former edition...that mirror all elements of astronomy including linked phrases in spectroscopy, photometry, and particle physics. the subjects lined comprise: Avalanche, darkish strength, Early universe, Imaging, Orbital resonance, Rampart crater, Spitzer house Telescope, and Thermal box thought.

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Apparition /ap-ă-rish-ŏn/ The period of time during which a particular celestial object can be observed. The term is particularly applied to planets and periodic comets. Apus /ay-pŭs/ (Bird of Paradise) A small inconspicuous constellation in the southern hemisphere near Crux, the brightest stars being just above 4th magnitude. It contains the faint and slightly irregular globular cluster NGC 6101, visible as a misty patch through a small telescope. : Aps; genitive form: Apodis; approx. position: RA 16h, dec –75°; area: 206 sq deg.

E. young stars of about the Sun’s mass. Most contain less than 30 stars though some contain as many as 400. R and T associations are often found in the vicinity of young open clusters. asteroid belt (main belt) The zone near to the plane of the ECLIPTIC and between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter that contains the majority of ASTEROIDS, known as mainbelt asteroids. 0 AU respectively and the orbits are strongly concentrated in the plane of the ecliptic. Even so, the individual asteroids in the main belt are widely spaced.

A catalog of such observations for about 3500 stars has been completed. In addition the satellite carried two X-ray telescopes that made the first observations of an X-RAY BURST SOURCE. astronomical triangle A SPHERICAL TRIon the CELESTIAL SPHERE formed by the intersection of the great circles joining a celestial body, S, the observer’s zenith, Z, and the north (or south) celestial pole, P (see illustration overleaf). The relationships between the angles and sides of a spherical triangle are used for transformation between EQUATORIAL and HORIZONTAL COORDINATE SYSTEMS: the angle at S (q) is the parallactic angle; that at P (t) is the HOUR ANGLE of S; that at Z (A) is the azimuth of S.

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