21st Century Astronomy
The Solar System
Paperback ISBN: 0393675513
We learn best by doing.
The 3-D Heliosphere at Solar Maximum
Proceedings of the 34th Eslab Symposium, 3-6 October 2000, Estec, Noordwijk, the Netherlands
Hardcover ISBN: 0792370473
Our knowledge of the heliosphere in three dimensions near solar minimum has advanced significantly in the last 10 years, largely as a result of the on-going ESAINASA Ulysses mission. Similar advances in our understanding of the global heliosphere near solar maximum are to be expected with the return of Ulysses to high solar latitudes in 2000/200 I. With this in mind, the 34th ESLAB Symposium, held at ESTEC in Noordwijk, The Netherlands, on 3-6 October, 2000, was devoted to 'The 3-D Heliosphere at Solar Maximum'. This was the third ESLAB Sympo
Atlas of Historical Eclipse Maps
East Asia, 1500 Bc-Ad 1900
Hardcover ISBN: 0521267234
This book presents a series of computer-drawn maps and tables for all eclipses of the Sun calculated to have been observable in East Asia in the 3400 years from 1500 BC to AD 1900. The study of past eclipses is a useful tool in determining the long-term behaviour of astronomical phenomena, such as the Earth's rate of rotation and the size of the Sun. The eclipses of the Sun that occurred in East Asia - notably in China, Korea and Japan - are particularly useful because written records of them exist. An introduction explains the methods used to calculate the parameters and determine the trajectories of each eclipse. Then follow the maps themselves, 862 in all, which plot the path of the umbral region over East Asia and tabulate the longitude, limits of latitude, local time and mean altitude for each event.
The Race to Measure the Heavens
Paperback ISBN: 0307744604
The author of the highly acclaimed Founding Gardeners now gives us an enlightening chronicle of the first truly international scientific endeavor—the eighteenth-century quest to observe the transit of Venus and measure the solar system. On June 6, 1761, the world paused to observe a momentous occasion: the first transit of Venus between the earth and the sun in more than a century. Through that observation, astronomers could calculate the size of the solar system—but only if they could compile data from many different points of the globe, all recorded during the short period of the transit. Overcoming incredible odds and political strife, astronomers from Britain, France, Russia, Germany, Sweden, and the American colonies set up observatories in remote corners of the world, only to have their efforts thwarted by unpredictable weather and warring armies. Fortunately, transits of Venus occur in pairs: eight years later, the scientists would have another opportunity to succeed. Chasing Venus brings to life the personalities of the eighteenth-century astronomers who embarked upon this complex and essential scientific venture, painting a vivid portrait of the collaborations, the rivalries, and the volatile international politics that hindered them at every turn. In the end, what they accomplished would change our conception of the universe and would forever alter the nature of scientific research.
Corotating Interaction Regions
Proceedings of an Issi Workshop, 6-13 June 1998, Bern, Switzerlandq
Hardcover ISBN: 079236080x
A Corotating Interaction Region (CIR) is the result of the interaction of fast solar wind with slower solar wind ahead. CIRs have a very large three-dimensional ex
The Cosmic Dust Connection
Hardcover ISBN: 0792343654
Proceedings of the June 1994 workshop. Spanning astrophysical regions and interactions from the space between stars to the formation and evolution of the solar system, this collection of international papers explores recent observational, laboratory, and theoretical methods of understanding cosmic dust. Papers follow solid particles from their creation, through their evolution in the galaxy, to their participation in the formation of solar systems. Coverage includes such topics as PAHs, infrared spectroscopy of interstellar ices, dust in the Herbig Ae/Be stars, and a circumsolar dust ring near the earth. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.