A Treatise on Spherical Astronomy

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Cambridge University Press, 22 d’ag. 2013 - 524 pàgines
Spherical or positional astronomy is used primarily to map objects on the celestial sphere. In this technical work, first published in 1908 and intended for advanced students, Sir Robert Stawell Ball (1840-1913) breaks down the field into distinct areas of study. Assuming a good level of geometry and trigonometry, he begins with fundamental formulae before moving into the determination of coordinates, atmospheric refraction, the theory of cartography, and more. Each section contains exercises derived from a variety of sources, including contemporary Cambridge examinations. The coverage ranges from the calculation of stellar parallax to the geometrical principles behind the Mercator projection. Testifying to the knowledge expected of university students in the early twentieth century, Ball's book remains instructive to their modern counterparts. More accessible to the general reader, The Story of the Heavens (1885), Star-Land (1889) and A Popular Guide to the Heavens (1905) are also reissued in this series.
 

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CHAPTER
1
CHAPTER II
25
CHAPTER III
43
CHAPTER IV
69
CHAPTER V
82
CHAPTER VI
116
questions on refraction
140
APPLICATION 115
151
Exercises on Chapter XI
275
CHAPTER XIII
297
ON THE TRANSIT OF A PLANET ACROSS THE SUN
312
CHAPTER XV
326
CHAPTER XVI
346
CHAPTER XVII
358
CHAPTER XVIII
376
CHAPTER XIX
383

Sun 52 Calculation of elliptic motion 53 Formulae of elliptic
164
CHAPTER VIII
171
CHAPTER IX
201
CHAPTER X
226
THE ABERRATION OF LIGHT
248
body 83 Different kinds of Aberration 84 Aberration in Right
269
PLANETARY PHENOMENA
407
CHAPTER XXI
431
CHAPTER XXII
458
in the graduated circle 155 The errors of division in the graduated
483
INDEX AND GLOSSARY
493
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