Physical astronomy

See under Physical.
that part of astronomy which treats of the causes of the celestial motions; specifically, that which treats of the motions resulting from universal gravitation.

See also: Astronomy, Physical

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Robert Grant born; professor of astronomy and Director of Glasgow University Observatory; wrote History of Physical Astronomy, 1852, and Popular Treatise on Comets, 1861.
The current volume is to some degree a companion piece to Stephenson's Kepler's Physical Astronomy (New York: Springer-Verlag, 1987), doing for book five of Kepler's Harmonice mundi what the earlier work did for his Astronomia nova.
This is a sequel to Stephenson's much praised Kepler's Physical Astronomy (New York: Springer-Verlag, 1987; Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1994), which explained the birth of Kepler's epoch-making laws of planetary motion out of "incorrect" assumptions.
See made his innermost feelings known in a three part article in Popular Astronomy (1895), 'It is true then that photography and spectroscopy supply chiefly the material for astronomical work, and that no progress in physical astronomy can be made without applying a rigorous analysis to the results of observations.
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