An example of an eclipse as
displayed by AstroScript.


About this book

Easy PC Astronomy is the book for all those who want to make astronomical calculations easily and accurately. A simple but powerful script language called AstroScript is provided on a disk with the book, ready to use on any IBM PC-type computer. Equipped with this the user can make complex calculations within minutes, with no expert knowledge of astronomy, mathematics, or computer programming. For example, a single-line program is all that is needed to see animated displays of solar eclipses - whether that chronicled by the Chinese in 198 BC, or the millenium eclipse to be seen in the UK in 1999 (an example of a lunar eclipse as displayed on the computer screen by AstroScript is shown in the picture above). The Sky Graphics facility displays a detailed image of the sky as seen from any point on Earth, at any time in the future or past (showing constellations, planets, and a host of other features), and updates minute by minute if desired. Full details of the calculations (and formulae) are included, together with a comprehensive glossary of astronomical terms.

Easy PC Astronomy will be of immediate practical use to amateur astronomers (from novice to advanced), students (in high school or university), science teachers, and research astronomers.


The book is published by the Press Syndicate of the University of Cambridge.
The Pitt Building, Trumpington Street, Cambridge, CB2 1RP, UK.
40 West 20th Street, New York, NY 10011-4211, USA.
10 Stamford Road, Oakleigh, Melbourne 3166, Australia.

The book is copyright (C) Cambridge University Press 1996.
The AstroScript software is copyright (C) Peter Duffett-Smith 1996.

ISBN 0 521 56052 7 (pbk.) Price: 19.95 UK pounds; 29.95 US dollars. Ordering information from Cambridge University Press