Calculate the Orbit of Mars!

An Observing Challenge and Historical Adventure

Authors: Clark, Jane

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  • Shows readers how to verify that Mars orbits the Sun in an ellipse
  • An observational challenge for serious amateur astronomers
  • Explains the history behind Newton’s law of gravity and its acceptance
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This book shows readers how to calculate the orbit of Mars, based on their own observations and using observations made by the author. The historical, observational, and analytical aspects of the project to measure the orbit of Mars are all combined in this one book!


Determining the orbit of Mars is particularly important, as originally solving this problem required the founding of modern science. Clark discusses how people came to believe in the Newtonian model of the Solar System, works through the mathematical basis for the theory of gravity, and shows how Newton ruled out the possibility of alternative theories. Readers also learn how it became possible to accurately measure the positions of Mars from a moving, spinning platform—the Earth.


This mid-level observational challenge is well within reach of most serious amateur astronomers. For the observations, only a telescope with auto-guiding capability and the ability to mount a digital single lens reflex (DSLR) camera is required. For the calculations, it is assumed that the reader has a science, engineering, or mathematics background and is familiar with calculus, vectors, and trigonometry.



 

About the authors

Jane Clark has a Bachelor of Science with First Class Honours Physics from the University of London, a PhD in physics from University of Warwick, and an MBA from the University of Warwick. She was a Postdoctoral Research Associate at Case Western Reserve University, and she has over 30 years of experience in industrial research and development.

Previously published books include Measure Solar System Objects and their Movements for Yourself! (Springer 2009) and Viewing and Imaging the Solar System: A Guide for Amateur Astronomers (Springer 2014), both in Springer's Patrick Moore's Practical Astronomy Series. Other works include "An Experience to Remember," a short comedy play about astronomers shown at the Alma Theatre, Bristol in June 2016.


Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)
  • In the Beginning

    Pages 1-43

    Clark, Jane

  • Read My Ellipses

    Pages 45-58

    Clark, Jane

  • The Behaviour of Two Bodies in Orbit

    Pages 59-105

    Clark, Jane

  • Least Squares Fit to Sets of Equations

    Pages 107-111

    Clark, Jane

  • The Orbit of the Earth

    Pages 113-150

    Clark, Jane

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Softcover $34.99
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  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Calculate the Orbit of Mars!
Book Subtitle
An Observing Challenge and Historical Adventure
Authors
Copyright
2021
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-78267-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-78267-2
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-78266-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 316
Number of Illustrations
60 b/w illustrations, 93 illustrations in colour
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