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Astrophysical Quantities

by Arthur Cox

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This new, fourth, edition of Allen's classic Astrophysical Quantities belongs on every astronomer's bookshelf. It has been thoroughly revised and brought up to date by a team of more than ninety internationally renowned astronomers and astrophysicists. While it follows the basic format of the original, this indispensable reference has grown to more than twice the size of the earlier editions to accommodate the great strides made in astronomy and astrophysics. It includes detailed tables of the most recent data on: - General constants and units - Atoms, molecules, and spectra - Observational astronomy at all wavelengths from radio to gamma-rays, and neutrinos - Planetary astronomy: Earth, planets and satellites, and solar system small bodies - The Sun, normal stars, and stars with special characteristics - Stellar populations - Cataclysmic and symbiotic variables, supernovae - Theoretical stellar evolution - Circumstellar and interstellar material - Star clusters, galaxies, quasars, and active galactic nuclei - Clusters and groups of galaxies - Cosmology. As well as much explanatory material and extensive and up-to-date bibliographies.… (more)

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This is a great reference book. Need to know the wavelengths of your favorite (or least favorite) [Ar III] lines? The latitudes and longitudes of a slew of "terrestrial impact structures" (i.e., craters)? What about the differentiation between different classifications of Wolf-Rayet stars, or a succinct set of tables outlining the different types of AGN? It's all here, it's fairly easy to find (through not everything is necessarily where you'd expect, it's decently easy to find via the index or table of contents). It's fairly well organized, easy to read, and easy to search. The book is comprehensive enough that it is easy to rely on, and therefore annoying when it comes to the few areas where it is lacking (e.g., good luck finding any absolute magnitude estimates of the Milky Way or Magellanic Clouds or a discussion of the general differences of different kinds of X-ray variable sources). In general, though, Allen's Astrophysical Quantities is right where I head when I find myself in need of a seemingly esoteric datum, like an estimate of supernova rates (by type) in different galaxy types. ( )
  mollishka | Jul 18, 2008 |
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This new, fourth, edition of Allen's classic Astrophysical Quantities belongs on every astronomer's bookshelf. It has been thoroughly revised and brought up to date by a team of more than ninety internationally renowned astronomers and astrophysicists. While it follows the basic format of the original, this indispensable reference has grown to more than twice the size of the earlier editions to accommodate the great strides made in astronomy and astrophysics. It includes detailed tables of the most recent data on: - General constants and units - Atoms, molecules, and spectra - Observational astronomy at all wavelengths from radio to gamma-rays, and neutrinos - Planetary astronomy: Earth, planets and satellites, and solar system small bodies - The Sun, normal stars, and stars with special characteristics - Stellar populations - Cataclysmic and symbiotic variables, supernovae - Theoretical stellar evolution - Circumstellar and interstellar material - Star clusters, galaxies, quasars, and active galactic nuclei - Clusters and groups of galaxies - Cosmology. As well as much explanatory material and extensive and up-to-date bibliographies.

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