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Patrick Moore's Data Book of Astronomy [Hardcover]

Patrick Moore , Robin Rees
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10 Feb 2011
Packed with up-to-date astronomical data about the Solar System, our Galaxy and the wider Universe, this is a one-stop reference for astronomers of all levels. It gives the names, positions, sizes and other key facts of all the planets and their satellites; discusses the Sun in depth, from sunspots to solar eclipses; lists the dates for cometary returns, close-approach asteroids, and significant meteor showers; and includes 88 star charts, with the names, positions, magnitudes and spectra of the stars, along with key data on nebulae and clusters. Full of facts and figures, this is the only book you need to look up data about astronomy. It is destined to become the standard reference for everyone interested in astronomy.

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  • Hardcover: 586 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 2 edition (10 Feb 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521899354
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521671095
  • Product Dimensions: 27.7 x 22.6 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 441,323 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Sir Patrick Moore is the world's best-known living astronomer. He has presented the BBC's 'Sky at Night' programme since 1957 and written over 60 books. Recognised by the scientific community as one of the greatest authorities in the field, he was awarded the OBE in 1968. In 2001 he received a Knighthood, won a BAFTA for his services to television and became a member of the celebrated Royal Society. He lives in Selsey, Sussex.

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'… will be an invaluable reference work for serious observers - but it is equally suitable for armchair browsers, and indeed for anyone who is curious about what lies beyond the Earth.' Martin Rees, Professor of Cosmology and Astrophysics, University of Cambridge, from the Foreword

'… a wonderful compendium. It is an invaluable reference work for serious observers and is equally suitable for armchair browsers, and indeed for anyone who is curious about what lies beyond the Earth … a one-stop reference for astronomers of all levels.' Spaceflight

'Patrick Moore's Data Book of Astronomy holds … [an] allure for the armchair traveller, a compendium of the far-away and strange destinations in the heavens. The diverse offerings of the night sky - nebulae, galaxies, constellations, clusters, comets, asteroids, double stars, variable stars, meteor storms, supernovae, planets and moons - are all here, neatly organised, catalogued and enumerated. Readers with no prior interest in amateur astronomy will find a lot to captivate here. It also contains clearly written, up-to-date sections explaining what all these various celestial objects are, and how we've come to know them. This work offers so much more than a handbook for backyard telescopes; it is an atlas for the Universe around us that will surprise every time you dip in.' Lewis Dartnell, The Times Higher Education Supplement

'… a tremendously useful text to dip into.' The Observatory

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Packed with up-to-date astronomical data about the Solar System, our Galaxy and the wider Universe, this is a one-stop reference for astronomers of all levels. With hundreds of data tables and a comprehensive star catalogue, it is destined to become the standard reference for everyone interested in astronomy.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply amazing - buy it now! 3 May 2011
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This monumental work is the latest incarnation of a book that was first published some fifty years ago now, and is the first edition to appear in the last ten. In this time astronomy and planetary science have advanced enormously, so it is no surprise to discover that the text has been updated and even in some cases extensively added to and revamped, to take into account the discoveries of recent unmanned missions to the sun, moon and planets( as far as the end of 2010 ) , not to mention such recent cutting edge topics as extrasolar planets, dark matter and dark energy.

The range and depth of material collected together in this work can best be gauged by surveying some of the very generous helping of pages provided for inspection by Amazon, typically several for most chapters in the book. You will see there that in addition to extensive tables of numerical data, each chapter has a very readable text, divided into logical sections, and so can be read for entertainment and pleasure, as well as being consulted for that odd obscure fact that might take much longer to track down through, say, Google.

This book is quite simply the most extensive and comprehensive compendium of general astronomical data that I am aware of in book form, as well as being a damn good read too. Anyone with a serious interest in astronomy - and certainly any astronomical quiz buffs out there - should invest in a copy immediately.

No work is perfect, but in this case any recommendation for improvements will be little more than a quibble. One that I might suggest however is that in a future edition a couple of pages might be devoted to listing astronomical symbols and abbreviations; this is the only real omission that immediately occurs to me, and in light of the vast treasure trove of other information presented, I hesitate to mention it. As I said, only a quibble!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Buy this... 15 Jan 2012
... if you need a book where you can find all the data you need on the solar system. In this book you'll also find some data on stars, nebulae, clusters, constallations and so on.

This book will certainly serve you well, if you have a somewhat nerd-ish interest in astronomy (like I do), or perhaps even if you are studying astronomy at the university.

Patrick Moore gives the amateur astronomer alot of knowledge about the solar system and the stars, but he doesn't give alot of detailed explanations of the physical phenomena of the universe.
For instance he tells about the spectra of the lights of stars and that astronomers can deside from those, what the stars are composed of, but he doesn't get into the quantum physics behind it... which doesn't matter if you just need a data book, or if you find it interesting to expand your knowledge of the solarsystem and the night sky.

Beeing a complete astro-nerd, I'd have to give this book 5 stars!

The book is written in a language anyone with an interest in astronomy or physics should be able to understand. I'm from Denmark, so my native toungue isn't even english, and I've read the whole 500+ pages without any problems. The last pages of the book is a glossary. It makes the reeding much smoother, that he doesn't explain each and every technical term all the way through the book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars An outstanding data book 12 April 2013
This is without doubt a fantastic reference book for all astronomers and enthusiasts - all ages and levels of expertise. This is the 2nd edition published in February 2011. The forerunners being the Guinness Book of Astronomy (first published in 1978/79) and the Story of Astronomy (first published in 1970).

This edition is detailed with maps and diagrams, tables and charts. I am pleased with the extended section on astronomers and stellar astronomy. There is an error on page 235 - There is reference made to Uranus's influence on the discovery of Neptune. Uranus was discovered in 1781 not 1782 as quoted. (I visited Patrick on 7 Feb 2011 when the book had actually arrived in the post that day. I turned to the entry on Neptune and under the heading of 'Discovery' I spotted the error - Patrick was in good humour and said "I'm sure there are others; we shall see"). My only disappointment about this book is that the data book has no colour photographs.

Apart from all that, the book deserves 5 stars.

This was probably Patrick's last serious book although I believe "Cosmic Tourist" may have come after. Certainly "The Sky At Night: Questions and Answers" was due to be published around the same time - both books co-written with Dr Brian May and Dr Chris North respectively.
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By Janet
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This was a gift for a budding astronomer . They were very pleased, but any thing written by Patrick Moore is bound to be a hit.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sir Patrick's magnum opus 15 Aug 2014
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In many ways, the Data Book of Astronomy is the late Sir Patrick's magnum opus. I had the privilege of joining Patrick and Robin Rees at Patrick's home in Sussex to compile this edition of the Data Book (I did the section on the Solar System) and I was able to appreciate at first hand Patrick Moore's astonishing, encyclopaedic knowledge of real things in the cosmos. This is a great book, a tribute to the finest observational astronomer of our era.
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3.0 out of 5 stars V good, but clearer tables in Kindle edition would make it better 11 May 2011
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I downloaded the Kindle edition to my iPad. The subject coverage is wide and answers most questions for the curious. The only disappointment is the lack of clarity of the data tables. They appear to be facsimiles of the originals and the rendering of the print is not crisp. When one normally enlarges a page on the iPad the font is rendered and is beautifully clear. The tables in this book contain a lot of interesting data but some of it is blurred. I'm sure more effort could have been put in to make the tables eBook-friendly.
5.0 out of 5 stars Exactly what it says! Data book 27 Dec 2013
By Wendy Lynn Clark - Published on
I can't believe this could come in a Kindle edition because the data tables are so huge. It's an essential reference for anyone who wants to have the near galaxy at one's fingertips. It just has lists and lists of facts, such as the name and size of all the features (seas, etc.) of the Moon. I enjoyed this book as much as I enjoyed The Elements. It's not really for a casual reader but for any libraries or anyone interested in astronomical data, it is a great purchase.
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