Books by Philip S. Harrington

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Astronomy For All Ages


The Deep Sky: An Introduction


Eclipse!


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

    Books

  • 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.