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The Vanishing Universe

The Vanishing Universe
Adverse Environmental Impacts on Astronomy

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D. McNally, M. S. Longair, P. Murdin, B. Reijen, D. L. Crawford, D. A. Schreudre, D. T. Herbert, N. Laulainen, J. Kovalevsky, A. C. Levasseur-Regourd, F. Graham-Smith, J. B. Whiteoak, R. M. Price, C. Kirby, R. G. Struzak, P. A. Vanden Bout, M. Morimoto, M. Bester, S. Baliunas, C. Shelton, L. Webster, G. Swarup, D. Malin, W. Flury, Y. Armimoto, L. Perek, H. Kosai, S. Isobe, P. Cinzano, W. A. Sizemore
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  • Date Published: October 1994
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521450201

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  • Ironically, the technology that has made possible so many exciting astronomical discoveries is now jeopardizing the future of observational astronomy. The effects of atmospheric degradation, electromagnetic pollution, and near-Earth space debris are taking their toll. This provocative survey convincingly demonstrates the destructive impact of civilization on current observational astronomy. International astronomers discuss the sources and effects of environmental pollution and degradation and together with specialists from industry, law and elsewhere, they outline possible remedies and the legislation required for successful international regulation of the pollutants. These articles provide essential reference for the professional astronomer, environmentalist, and concerned nonspecialist.

    • A thought-provoking survey of the future of observational astronomy
    • Reveals the culprits of light pollution and space debris
    • Suggest the first steps towards international regulation and monitoring of pollutants
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    "...contributes a succinct analysis and an intellectual spark for better understanding this critical problem of interest to ASIL readers whose areas of concentration include environmental and space law." American Society of International Law

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    • Date Published: October 1994
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521450201
    • length: 208 pages
    • dimensions: 304 x 213 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.88kg
    • contains: 65 b/w illus. 4 colour illus. 5 maps 12 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction - the effect of civilisation on observational astronomy D. McNally
    1. The frontiers of modern astronomy M. S. Longair
    2. The aims of astronomy in science and the humanities: why astronomy must be protected P. Murdin
    3. General principles of the right to uninterrupted activities in outer space B. Reijen
    4. Light pollution - theft of the night D. L. Crawford
    5. Impact and restriction of interference of light D. A. Schreudre
    6. Adverse environmental impacts on astronomy: the case of improved street lighting D. T. Herbert
    7. Light extinction in the atmosphere N. Laulainen
    8. Environmental effects on astronomical observation J. Kovalevsky
    9. Natural background radiation: the light from the night sky A. C. Levasseur-Regourd
    10. Opening the radio window F. Graham-Smith
    11. The threat to radio astronomy J. B. Whiteoak
    12. Radio interference to passive scientific measurements: its causes and its cures R. M. Price
    13. Radio astronomy in the radio environment C. Kirby and R. G. Struzak
    14. Preserving wilderness areas in the radio spectrum P. A. Vanden Bout
    15. Illustration of radio interference D. McNally
    16. mm-Wave - the last virgin land M. Morimoto
    17. The Mount Wilson story M. Bester, S. Baliunas, C. Shelton and L. Webster
    18. Radio astronomy and the developing countries G. Swarup
    19. The disappearance of the night sky D. Malin
    20. The space debris environment of the earth W. Flury
    21. Space debris observations: needs for new technology Y. Arimoto
    22. Illustration of the effects of space debris D. McNalley
    23. Space debris: how to improve the situation L. Perek.

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    Derek McNally, University College London

    Contributors

    D. McNally, M. S. Longair, P. Murdin, B. Reijen, D. L. Crawford, D. A. Schreudre, D. T. Herbert, N. Laulainen, J. Kovalevsky, A. C. Levasseur-Regourd, F. Graham-Smith, J. B. Whiteoak, R. M. Price, C. Kirby, R. G. Struzak, P. A. Vanden Bout, M. Morimoto, M. Bester, S. Baliunas, C. Shelton, L. Webster, G. Swarup, D. Malin, W. Flury, Y. Armimoto, L. Perek, H. Kosai, S. Isobe, P. Cinzano, W. A. Sizemore

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