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Explanatory Supplement to the Astronomical Almanac Hardcover – August, 1992

ISBN-13: 978-0935702682 ISBN-10: 0935702687

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  • Hardcover: 752 pages
  • Publisher: University Science Books (August 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0935702687
  • ISBN-13: 978-0935702682
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 6.7 x 1.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,203,288 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 27, 2000
Format: Hardcover
If you need to know the details of astronomical or geodetic computations, or need to know how the tables in the Astronomical Almanac are computed, or need to know what the various versions of "Universal Time" are and how to compute them, you need this book. It is the definitive reference for many things, and gives you the definitive reference for the rest.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By ephemeris hack on May 31, 2010
Format: Hardcover
The 1992 Explanatory Supplement has, unfortunately, many errors and typos. Be very careful using any data from it. Look up the published errata online, and if you can, look up the original sources also, as all of the errors are not in the errata!
Other than that, it is the definitive source, and the references alone are a goldmine of information. If you are really deep into astronomical ephemerides, you should get a copy of the 1961 Supplement also. It goes deeper into the trig math, and doesn't use a lot of vector math like the 1992 version.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Danny on September 6, 2008
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Its information is useful, thought out, consistent and reliable. It was ordered in a similar fashion to the Almanac, which made cross-referencing easy. Its comments, although somewhat brief in places, are very helpful, and its citation of sources, very helpful. All in all, I was thoroughly impressed with it, and its soft-cover a good choice, since the binding has yet to be a problem. (I bought this in 2007).

I am very happy with it, and constantly refer to it. It is a standard reference piece in any astronomer's library.
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By Stephen Bilanow on January 4, 2015
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Nice to own a copy of this reference material.
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