Gazetteer and Atlas of Astronomy: A Compendium of Astronomical Nomenclature Terry Mahoney

ISBN: 9780387926698

Published: July 2nd 2012

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5 pages


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Gazetteer and Atlas of Astronomy: A Compendium of Astronomical Nomenclature  by  Terry Mahoney

Gazetteer and Atlas of Astronomy: A Compendium of Astronomical Nomenclature by Terry Mahoney
July 2nd 2012 | Unknown Binding | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, ZIP | 5 pages | ISBN: 9780387926698 | 3.55 Mb

This combined gazetteer and atlas lists, defines and illustrates, for the first time, every named object in the sky within a single reference work for use by the general reader, writers and editors dealing with astronomical themes, and thoseMoreThis combined gazetteer and atlas lists, defines and illustrates, for the first time, every named object in the sky within a single reference work for use by the general reader, writers and editors dealing with astronomical themes, and those astronomers concerned with any aspect of astronomical nomenclature.

The naming of celestial objects is a vast subject, as might befit the study of the largest object known to man the Universe itself. All human culture, past and present, is represented here. Surface features of the explored planets and satellites are named not only after famous scientists, mathematicians, artists and writers, but also after gods, good and evil spirits, villages, towns, peoples and literary characters from the remote past to the present day.

In astronomical nomenclature all the human psyche is projected onto the sky and the surfaces of celestial bodies. While astronomers must perforce be clinical and disinterested in the pursuance of their research, the effort and imagination that the astronomical community has devoted in the past and continues to devote today to the naming of celestial bodies and the features observed on them offer abundant proof, if such were needed, of the fundamental humanity of the scientific enterprise.

The problems inherent in a nomenclature system so diverse and rooted in history, as is the case for astronomy, necessitate a detailed description of how nomenclature works today and how it was conducted in the past (since much present day nomenclature is handed down to us from past times). Such a description is provided in the extensive introduction to astronomical nomenclature. For the reader in a hurry but who is unfamiliar with the subject a brief user s guide follows the introduction. After this introductory matter, the three major elements of this work are: A gazetteer, listing in strict alphanumerical order and independently of the parent body, essential information defining the body or feature concerned.

An analytical index of all the headwords in the gazetteer, arranged alphanumerically under the parent bodies. An atlas comprising maps and images with coordinate grids and labels identifying features listed in the gazetteer.



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