Firefly Astronomy Dictionary

Firefly Astronomy Dictionary

Book - 2003
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Baker & Taylor
Filled with fascinating encyclopedia articles and fetching color photographs, this comprehensive cross-referenced guide to the universe includes hundreds of illustrations, one thousand up-to-date entries, thirty-five tables, and short bios of Ptolemy, Galileo, Johann Kepler, Copernicus, and Edwin Hubble, among others. Original.

Firefly Books Ltd

Complete guide to astronomers and astronomical terms and theories.

The Firefly Astronomy Dictionary is an invaluable reference for understanding the major terms and theories used in astronomy. There are 1,000 up-to-date entries that are extensively cross-referenced. This dictionary also provides concise coverage of the many new developments in space exploration.

Two hundred color illustrations and 35 tables provide concise details about the planets and stars. Written in a style that is both interesting and accessible, its compact size is ideal for a handy reference and study guide. As well as defining scientific terms and explaining theories, the dictionary provides brief biographies of over 100 famous astronomers including Ptolemy, Galileo, Johann Kepler, Copernicus and Edwin Hubble. An appendix provides tables of symbols and mathematical units and calculations used in astronomy.

From aberration to Zwicky, the Firefly Astronomy Dictionary is an invaluable reference for active observers, armchair enthusiasts and students.

A comprehensive dictionary to the major terms and theories used in astronomy, with concise details about the planets and stars, and brief biographies of major figures. It includes over a 1,000 entries, extensive cross-referencing, diagrams and tables.

Book News
Many nice illustrations are included in this nearly pocket-sized dictionary which covers a wide range of terms and concepts, famous astronomers, observatories and space programs, constellations and other celestial entities, and cosmological theories. Topics of the 1,000 entries (which vary in length from 25 to nearly 500 words) include gravitational lensing, retrograde motion, glitch (a sudden increase in the period of a pulsar), Mir, and near-Earth asteroids. There is no pronunciation guide. This is a paper edition reprint of a 1999 book. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: Toronto : Firefly Books, 2003
ISBN: 9781552978375
Branch Call Number: 520.3 Firefly 2003
Characteristics: 256 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 20 cm
Additional Contributors: Woodruff, John


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