© 2002

Allen’s Astrophysical Quantities

  • Arthur N. Cox

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Arthur N. Cox
    Pages 1-5
  3. Arthur N. Cox
    Pages 7-25
  4. Werner Däppen
    Pages 27-51
  5. Charles Cowley, Wolfgang L. Wiese, Jeffrey Fuhr, Ludmila A. Kuznetsova
    Pages 53-93
  6. J. J. Keady, D. P. Kilcrease
    Pages 95-120
  7. Robert M. Hjellming
    Pages 121-141
  8. A. T. Tokunaga
    Pages 143-167
  9. Terry J. Teays
    Pages 169-182
  10. Frederick D. Seward
    Pages 183-206
  11. R. E. Lingenfelter, R. E. Rothschild
    Pages 207-238
  12. Gerald Schubert, Richard L. Walterscheid
    Pages 239-292
  13. David J. Tholen, Victor G. Tejfel, Arthur N. Cox
    Pages 293-313
  14. Richard P. Binzel, Martha S. Hanner, Duncan I. Steel
    Pages 315-337
  15. Sun
    William C. Livingston
    Pages 339-380
  16. John S. Drilling, Arlo U. Landolt
    Pages 381-396
  17. J. Donald Fernie
    Pages 397-427
  18. W. M. Sparks, S. G. Starrfield, E. M. Sion, S. N. Shore, G. Chanmugam, R. F. Webbink
    Pages 429-450
  19. J. Craig Wheeler, Stefano Benetti
    Pages 451-469
  20. Gerard F. Gilmore, Michael Zeilik
    Pages 471-497

About this book


This new, fourth, edition of Allen's classic Astrophysical Quantities belongs on every astronomer's bookshelf. It has been thoroughly revised and brought up to date by a team of more than ninety internationally renowned astronomers and astrophysicists. While it follows the basic format of the original, this indispensable reference has grown to more than twice the size of the earlier editions to accommodate the great strides made in astronomy and astrophysics. It includes detailed tables of the most recent data on: - General constants and units - Atoms, molecules, and spectra - Observational astronomy at all wavelengths from radio to gamma-rays, and neutrinos - Planetary astronomy: Earth, planets and satellites, and solar system small bodies - The Sun, normal stars, and stars with special characteristics - Stellar populations - Cataclysmic and symbiotic variables, supernovae - Theoretical stellar evolution - Circumstellar and interstellar material - Star clusters, galaxies, quasars, and active galactic nuclei - Clusters and groups of galaxies - Cosmology. As well as much explanatory material and extensive and up-to-date bibliographies.


active galactic nuclei astronomy cosmology earth galaxy planet Population quasar quasars solar system star star cluster stellar evolution sun Supernova

Editors and affiliations

  • Arthur N. Cox
    • 1
  1. 1.Theoretical DivisionLos Alamos National Laboratory MS B288Los AlamosUSA

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Allen’s Astrophysical Quantities
  • Editors Arthur N. Cox
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Estate of C.W. Allen 2002
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-387-95189-8
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-4612-7037-9
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-4612-1186-0
  • Edition Number 4
  • Number of Pages XVIII, 721
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Additional Information Originally published by The Athlone Press, London, UK, 1976
  • Topics Astronomy, Observations and Techniques
    Astrophysics and Astroparticles
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"Astrophysical Quantities - APQ to many astrophysicists - has been an essential reference book from its first publication in 1955… Finally the fourth edition has been produced. It has taken 90 contributors to duplicate Allen's heroic single-handed efforts, but the result is well worth the wait. The new book is twice the size of the previous edition and contains many new topics and extended coverage of other topics that have increased in importance in the last three decades. … the new edition of APQ promises to be as useful as the old one, and most serious astronomers will want a copy…"