Books by Philip S. Harrington

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Astronomy For All Ages

The Deep Sky: An Introduction


The Illustrated Timeline of the Universe

The Space Shuttle

Star Ware, 4th edition

Star Watch

Touring the Universe Through Binoculars


Star Watch

Chapter 1.  

Your Passport to the Stars


Topics covered Chapter notes Recommended reading


Topics covered

    Basic terms and definitions, including:

  • Sky motions

    • Daily (diurnal) motion

    • Annual motion

    • Precession

  • Magnitude

  • Astronomical distances and sizes

  • Celestial positioning

  • Astronomical catalogs

  • An explanation of things to come


Chapter 1 notes

  • Page 9.  The distance to the Andromeda Galaxy is 17 billion billion miles (27.4 billion billion kilometers).

Recommended reading


  • Nightwatch; Dickinson, T.; Firefly Books, 1998; ISBN: 1552093026

  • Sky Observer's Guide; Mayall, R., et al; St. Martin's Press, 2001; ISBN: 1582381550.


    Web sites

  • Astronomical Distances

    • You tell it how fast you want to travel and this web site will tell you how
      long it will take to get to different celestial objects.