By Gerald North BSc (auth.)
Every 12 months huge numbers of individuals absorb the research of astronomy, commonly at novice point. there are many undemanding books out there, filled with vibrant photos, yet missing in right causes of the way and why issues are as they're. many of us finally desire to transcend the 'coffee-table booklet' level and learn this attention-grabbing topic in better intensity. This booklet is written for them. moreover, many of us take a seat for public examinations during this topic every year and this e-book can also be meant to be of use to them. all of the themes from the GCSE syllabus are lined right here, with pattern questions on the finish of every bankruptcy. Astronomy Explained presents a entire therapy of the topic in additional intensity than is mostly present in undemanding works, and may be of curiosity to either beginner astronomers and scholars of astronomy.
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The other coordinate is the azimuth. 15 Stars that never rise from mid-northern latitudes. 16 The measurement of azimuth . The diagram represents a view from vertically above the observer, who is positioned at point O . The circle represents his horizon. If the observer sees a star vertically above the point X on his horizon then he will measure its azimuth as 45°. the north cardinal point, along the horizon, in an eastwards direction. So the azimuth of the south cardinal point is 1800 and that of the west cardinal point is 270 0 and so on (see Fig.