Measure Solar System Objects and Their Movements for Yourself!

  • Authors
  • John D.¬†Clark

Part of the Patrick Moore's Practical Astronomy Series book series (PATRICKMOORE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. John D. Clark
    Pages 21-27
  3. John D. Clark
    Pages 29-56
  4. John D. Clark
    Pages 81-96
  5. John D. Clark
    Pages 127-132
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 133-173

About this book


Instead of taking somebody's word about the basic size and distances for the solar system's objects, this book shows amateur astronomers how to measure these things for themselves. This is an enriching experience for any amateur astronomer - to understand and personally measure fundamental astronomical quantities and distances.

A basic knowledge of geometry is required, but it is amazing how simple the ideas can be. Readers are led through the details as gently as possible - and in a light-hearted way - presuming that most will have half-forgotten most of the mathematics.

The practical astronomical equipment recommended is no more than a typical commercially-made amateur telescope and a camera of some sort - these days a webcam works very well. Apart from that all the reader will need is access to a computer with internet service, the know-how to download free software, and an enthusiasm to expand his knowledge of the basics of scientific astronomy.


Astrometry at home Astronomical Quantities Astronomical Unit Astrophysical Calculations How Far is the Moon How Far is the Sun Measuring Orbits Measuring Solar System Distances Planet Planetary Masses Solar Solar System Sun

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag New York 2009
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-0-387-89560-4
  • Online ISBN 978-0-387-89561-1
  • Series Print ISSN 1431-9756
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