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Classifying the Cosmos

How We Can Make Sense of the Celestial Landscape

  • Steven J. Dick
Book

Part of the Astronomers' Universe book series (ASTRONOM)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-l
  2. Part I

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-5
    2. Steven J. Dick
      Pages 7-12
    3. Steven J. Dick
      Pages 13-35
    4. Steven J. Dick
      Pages 37-57
    5. Steven J. Dick
      Pages 59-85
    6. Steven J. Dick
      Pages 87-101
    7. Steven J. Dick
      Pages 103-130
  3. Part II

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 131-135
    2. Steven J. Dick
      Pages 137-144
    3. Steven J. Dick
      Pages 145-216
    4. Steven J. Dick
      Pages 217-248
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      Pages 293-318
  4. Part III

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 319-323
    2. Steven J. Dick
      Pages 325-331
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  5. Back Matter
    Pages 445-458

About this book

Introduction

Since the invention of the telescope 400 years ago, astronomers have rapidly discovered countless celestial objects. But how does one make sense of it all?

Astronomer and former NASA Chief Historian Steven J. Dick brings order to this menagerie by defining 82 classes of astronomical objects, which he places in a beginner-friendly system known as "Astronomy’s Three Kingdoms.” Rather than concentrating on technicalities, this system focuses on the history of each object, the nature of its discovery, and our current knowledge about it.

The ensuing book can therefore be read on at least two levels. On one level, it is an illustrated guide to various types of astronomical wonders. On another level, it is considerably more: the first comprehensive classification system to cover all celestial objects in a consistent manner.

Accompanying each spread are spectacular historical and modern images. The result is a pedagogical tour-de-force, whereby readers can easily master astronomy’s three realms of planets, stars, and galaxies.

Keywords

classification in astronomy astronomy classification system astronomical objects astronomy history astronomical discoveries astronomy observation tips

Authors and affiliations

  • Steven J. Dick
    • 1
  1. 1.AshburnUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-10380-4
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-10379-8
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-10380-4
  • Series Print ISSN 1614-659X
  • Series Online ISSN 2197-6651
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