The Urban Astronomer: A Practical Guide for Observers in Cities and Suburbs

The Urban Astronomer: A Practical Guide for Observers in Cities and Suburbs

by Gregory L. Matloff


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A complete guide for the amateur astronomer living in an urban or suburban center. The Urban Astronomer If you think a trip to the country is necessary to observe celestial objects, take a second look. Viewing the sky from an urban location can be just as fun and educational — if you know how to go about it. The Urban Astronomer shows amateur and more advanced astronomers the best ways and times to observe celestial objects from a city or suburban environment. Complete with detailed illustrations, The Urban Astronomer:

• Shows readers how to overcome the special problems of viewing the sky from cities and suburbs, such as light pollution

• Describes in detail those objects most easily viewed from a city location

• Includes many sky activities that can be enjoyed by novice and experienced urban astronomers

• Provides helpful tips and checklists for preparing your own stargazing outing

• Covers objects for naked-eye observation as well as those that need binoculars or telescopes and describes the best equipment for the urban stargazer

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780471531432
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 07/28/1991
Series: Wiley Science Editions Series , #85
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 7.13(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.63(d)

About the Author

About the author GREGORY L. MATLOFF, PhD, is a consulting astronomer for the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation. He is an Adjunct Professor at Long Island University and a former Chairman of the Department of Mathematics, St. Hilda's and St. Hugh's School, New York. He has also been a professor at Pace University and The City University of New York. Dr. Matloff is the author of numerous technical and popular articles on interstellar travel and is the coauthor with Eugene Mallove of The Starflight Handbook.

Table of Contents

Are Those Lights in the Skies Stars?.

Patterns in the Sky.

Astronomer's Eyes.

Goddess of the Night.

Wandering Stars: The Planets of Our Solar System.

Unusual Stars.

To View the Sun—and the Dragon That Stalks It.

Visitors in the Sky.

Chapter References and Notes.

Resources for the Urban Astronomer: To See Farther.

Glossary of Astronomical Terms.



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