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By Dinah L. Moche

ISBN-10: 0470230835

ISBN-13: 9780470230831

Discover the wonders of the evening sky with this bestselling astronomy guide

For a iteration, Astronomy: A Self-Teaching Guide has brought thousands of readers all over the world to the evening sky. Now this vintage beginner's advisor has been thoroughly revised to carry it brand new with the most recent discoveries and pix. * positive factors over eighty new images and illustrations, together with a full-color insert
* reports the most recent telescopes and spacecraft
* comprises an summary of the easiest astronomy internet sites
* Written by means of award-winning writer Dinah Moch?

Packed with precious tables, charts, and big name and moon maps, this basic advisor makes it effortless that you can speedy grab the elemental ideas of astronomy and begin gazing the evening sky. The publication contains ambitions, reports, and self-tests, and will be used by itself as a self-teaching consultant or as a complement to astronomy direction fabrics.

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The formula is: c = fλ Calculate the wavelength of a radio wave whose frequency is 100 KHz (100,000 cycles per second). 86 miles). 10 RADIATION LAWS Stars, like other hot bodies, radiate electromagnetic energy of all different wavelengths. Energy due to temperature is called thermal radiation. The temperature of a star determines which wavelength is brightest. Stars radiate energy practically as a blackbody, or theoretical perfect radiator. The intensity of radiation emitted over a range of wavelengths depends only on the blackbody’s temperature.

A) ______________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ (b) ______________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ Answer: (a) All stars would seem to move along circles around the sky parallel to your horizon. The celestial sphere rotates around the north celestial pole, which is located at your zenith at the North Pole.

21 SUN’S ALTITUDE The Sun is never directly overhead for stargazers in the midlatitudes. On a given day, the maximum altitude of the Sun in your sky depends on its declination and your latitude. Where would you have to stand on Earth to have the Sun pass directly across your zenith at the time of the (a) vernal equinox? __________ (b) summer solstice? __________ (c) autumnal equinox? __________ (d) winter solstice? 5°S latitude (Tropic of Capricorn). 22 OBSERVABLE EFFECTS OF EARTH’S MOTIONS How do the motions of Earth in space cause noticeable changes in the appearance of the sky for an observer on Earth?

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