This resource introduces students and researchers to the fundamentals of astronomy. Entries are written in easy-to-understand language, so readers can use these entries as a solid starting-off point to develop a thorough understanding of this oftentimes confusing subject matter.
Principles of Astronomy begins with a comprehensive introduction to the field. It starts with a discussion of the significance of naked eye observations by the earliest astronomers; the use of optical, radio, and neutron telescopes; and the contributions derived from space probes, manned missions, and space stations. The goal of this material is to advance our understanding of our own planet, the celestial bodies around us, and the ways in which astronomy and physics have become intertwined.
This edition includes 140 entries ranging from Ablation to Quarks to XMM-Newton. All entries are arranged in an A to Z order, making it easy to find the topic of interest. Each entry includes related fields of study to illustrate the connections between the various branches of astronomy, including sub-planetary astronomy, theoretical astrophysics, astrochemistry, and planetary astronomy; a brief, concrete summary of the topic and how the entry was organized; principal terms that are fundamental to the topic and to understanding the concepts presented; illustrations, diagrams, and charts that clarify difficult topics such as solar systems, white dwarf and red giant stars, orbital plotting, rocket propulsion, and near-Earth objects; star charts and photographs taken from space observations; photographs of significant contributors to the study of astronomy; and further reading lists that relate to the entry.
Entries are arranged into easy-to-use subject areas and range from one to five pages in length. Salem Press’ Principles of Science: Astronomy covers:
- Celestial Bodies
- Stars & Constellations
- Space Missions
- Space Technology
- Theoretical Astrophysics
This resource is a helpful tool for students and researchers who are just beginning their study of astronomy and need a solid background of the key terms and elements in the field. A must for all high school and undergraduate science programs.