Cambridge illustrated dictionary of astronomy by Jacqueline Mitton

By Jacqueline Mitton

Beautifully-illustrated dictionary; an important consultant to the universe for astronomers of every age.

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Its secondary mirror is convex rather than flat as in Newton’s design. Cassegrain did not build a telescope himself and it was some years before his idea was put into practice. Today, the Cassegrain focus is popular and widely used in both modest amateur instruments and large professional telescopes. Cassini The orbiting spacecraft of the ä Cassini–Huygens mission to Saturn. Cassini Division A conspicuous dark gap between the A and B rings of ä Saturn. It is 2600 km (1616 miles) wide. Cassini, Giovanni Domenico (Jean-Dominique) (1625–1712) Cassini was born near Genoa in Italy and became a professor of astronomy in Bologna but in 1669 King Louis IV of France persuaded him to move to Paris to take charge of the newly established ä Paris Observatory.

At a height of [28] Australia Telescope National Facility 8h 7h 6h LYNX 5h δ +50 º ψ6 4h CAMELOPARDALIS ξ ψ1 º +50 ο α π ψ4 ψ7 +40º ψ5 2281 Menkalinan ψ2 β ρ ψ3 θ Castor λ υ σ AURIGA M36 +30º M37 RT ε η τ ν UU PERSEUS 1664 Capella +40º ζ µ M38 1907 ι ϕ χ +30º κ Alnath β (Tau) GEMINI h h 7 Magnitudes: Open clusters 5 6 4 3 Globular clusters 2 1 TAURUS h 5 0 Planetary nebulae brighter than 0 Bright nebulae WIL TIRION Variable stars Galaxies A map of the constellation Auriga. around 100 km (60 miles), high-energy particles from Earth’s ä magnetosphere collide with oxygen atoms and nitrogen molecules, which then emit mainly green and red light.

The star Elnath, formerly designated Gamma Aurigae and shared with the neighboring constellation of Taurus, now officially belongs to Taurus as Beta Tauri. aurora (pl. auroras or aurorae) A display of luminous colors in the night sky. The lights often take the form of rays, moving curtains or a band in the east–west direction. Auroras are most often seen from high-latitude regions of Earth and the popular name for them is the northern or southern lights. The usual cause of an aurora is a ä magnetic substorm, a disturbance in Earth’s magnetic field triggered by particles from the Sun.

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