Explanatory Supplement to the Astronomical Almanac 3rd Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-1891389856
ISBN-10: 1891389858
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'Careful measurements have always been the key to mastery of planetary and stellar dynamics and the cosmic distance scale. The material detailed in this book is the very bedrock underlying much else that we know about our own solar system and beyond.' - --Roger W. Sinnott, Senior Contributing Editor, Sky & Telescope

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The Explanatory Supplement to the Astronomical Almanac offers explanatory material, supplemental information, and detailed descriptions of the computational models and algorithms used to produce The Astronomical Almanac, which is an annual publication prepared jointly by the US Naval Observatory and Her Majesty's Nautical Almanac Office in the UK. Like The Astronomical Almanac, The Explanatory Supplement provides detailed coverage of modern positional astronomy. Chapters are devoted to the celestial and terrestrial reference frames, orbital ephemerides, precession, nutation, Earth rotation, and coordinate transformations. These topics have undergone substantial revisions since the last edition was published in 1992. Astronomical positions are intertwined with timescales and relativity in The Astronomical Almanac, so related chapters are provided in The Explanatory Supplement. The Astronomical Almanac also includes information on lunar and solar eclipses, physical ephemerides of solar system bodies, and calendars, so The Explanatory Supplement expounds upon each of these topics as well. The book is written at a technical, but non-expert level. As such, it provides an important reference for a full range of users including astronomers, engineers, navigators, surveyors, space scientists, and educators.


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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ University Science Books; 3rd edition (September 17, 2012)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 676 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1891389858
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1891389856
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 2.9 pounds
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 7.3 x 1.5 x 10.2 inches
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