Replicating the Work of the Great Observers

Robert K. Buchheim

ASTRONOMICAL DISCOVERIES YOU CAN MAKE, TOO!: Replicating the Work of the Great Observers From Hipparchus ...
to Hubble ...
to You

You too can follow in the steps of the great astronomers such as Hipparchus, Galileo, Kepler and Hubble, who all contributed so much to our modern understanding of the cosmos. This book gives the student or amateur astronomer the following tools to replicate some of these seminal observations from their own homes:

With your own eyes: Use your own observations and measurements to discover and confirm the phenomena of the seasons, the analemma and the equation of time, the logic behind celestial coordinates, and even the precession of the equinoxes.

With a consumer-grade digital camera: Record the changing brightness of an eclipsing binary star and show that a pulsating star changes color as it brightens and dims. Add an inexpensive diffraction grating to your camera and see the variety of spectral features in the stars, and demonstrate that the Sun's spectrum is similar to one particular type of stellar spectrum.

With a backyard telescope: Add a CCD imager and you can measure the scale of the Solar System and the distance to a nearby star. You could even measure the distance to another galaxy and observe the cosmological redshift of the expanding universe.

Astronomical Discoveries you can Make, Too! doesn't just tell you about the development of astronomy; it shows you how to discover for yourself the essential features of the universe.

Table of Contents

Author's preface
Acronyms and abbreviations

1. Motions and positions in the sky
2. The Moon
3. The planets
4. The stars
5. Astrophysics and cosmology

Appendix A: Measuring positions on the celestial sphere
Appendix B: Introduction to astronomical photometry
About the author

Extent: 549 pages, Black and white/colour images integrated with text
Binding: Paperback
Published: 2015
ISBN: 978-3-319-15659-0

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