On a dark, cloudless night, at a distant location far away from the city lights, the starry sky can be seen in all its splendour (Fig. 1.1). It is easy to understand how these thousands of lights in the sky have affected people throughout the ages. After the Sun, necessary to all life, the Moon, governing the night sky and continuously changing its phases, is the most conspicuous object in the sky. The stars seem to stay fixed. Only some relatively bright objects, the planets, move with respect to the stars.
KeywordsSolar System Neutron Star Globular Cluster Stellar System Magellanic Cloud
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