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The Vanishing Universe : Adverse Environmental Impacts on Astronomy - Derek McNally

The Vanishing Universe

Adverse Environmental Impacts on Astronomy

By: Derek McNally (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 1st September 1994
ISBN: 9780521450201
Number Of Pages: 208

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What is the future of observational astronomy? The effect on astronomy of environmental degradation, from electromagnetic pollution to near-Earth space debris, and the broader implications of jeopardising this science are explored in this provoking review. Astronomy is acutely vulnerable to environmental pollution. This survey demonstrates, unequivocally, the destructive impact of civilisation on current observational astronomy and its future. International astronomers discuss the source and effect of electromagnetic pollution - from optical to radio wavelengths - and space debris. Together with specialists from industry, law and elsewhere, they go on to outline possible remedies and the legislation required for successful international regulation of the pollutants. These articles offer an authoritative survey of the pollutants and the steps necessary to regulate them. They provide an essential reference for the professional astronomer, environmentalist and concerned non-specialist.

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'The real value of The Vanishing Universe, however, is in its detailed expositon of the causes of light, radio and debris pollution, and its suggestions for concerted international action ... highly readable book.' Webb Society Quarterly Journal 'As stimulus material for students there is much here to secure interest and broaden horizons on environmental problems.' Bob Kibble, Physics Education

Introduction - the effect of civilisation on observational astronomy
The frontiers of modern astronomy
The aims of astronomy in science and the humanities: why astronomy must be protected
General principles of the right to uninterrupted activities in outer space
Light pollution - theft of the night
Impact and restriction of interference of light
Adverse environmental impacts on astronomy: the case of improved street lighting
Light extinction in the atmosphere
Environmental effects on astronomical observation
Natural background radiation: the light from the night sky
Opening the radio window
The threat to radio astronomy
Radio interference to passive scientific measurements: its causes and its cures
Radio astronomy in the radio environment
Preserving wilderness areas in the radio spectrum
Illustration of radio interference
mm-Wave - the last virgin land M. Morimoto
The Mount Wilson story
Radio astronomy and the developing countries
The disappearance of the night sky
The space debris environment of the earth
Space debris observations: needs for new technology
Illustration of the effects of space debris
Space debris: how to improve the situation
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ISBN: 9780521450201
ISBN-10: 0521450209
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 208
Published: 1st September 1994
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 30.38 x 21.44  x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.88

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