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History of Astronomy

star systems, History of Astronomy, meteors, comets, satellites

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History of Astronomy, history of the science that studies all the celestial bodies in the universe. Astronomy includes the study of planets and their satellites, comets and meteors, stars and interstellar matter, star systems known as galaxies, and clusters of galaxies. The field of astronomy has developed from simple observations about the movement of the Sun and Moon into sophisticated theories about the nature of the universe.


Contributed By: Whipple, Frad Lawrence, M.A., Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus of Astronomy, Harvard University. Senior Scientist, Smithsonian Institution Astrophysical Observatory. Author of "Earth, Moon, and Planets".

Rubin, Vera C., M.A., Ph.D.

Staff Member, Department of Terrestrial Magnetism, Carnegie Institution of Washington. Associate Editor, "Astrophysical Journal Letters". Member, Editorial Board, "Science".

Reviewed By: Wolff, Sidney C., B.A., Ph.D.

Astronomer, National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO), former director of NOAO and the Gemini Telescopes Project, and coauthor of "Voyages Through the Universe, (2003)".

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star systems, History of Astronomy, meteors, comets, satellites, Sun, science, nature, stars, universe

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