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Dr. Hannu Karttunen

University of Turku, Tuorla Observatory, 21500 Piikkio, Finland e-mail: [email protected]

Dr. Pekka Kroger

Isonniitynkatu 9 C 9, 00520 Helsinki, Finland e-mail: [email protected]

Dr. Heikki Oja

Observatory, University of Helsinki, Tahtitorninmaki (POBox 14), 00014 Helsinki, Finland e-mail: [email protected]

Dr. Markku Poutanen

Finnish Geodetic Institute, Dept. Geodesy and Geodynamics, Geodeetinrinne 2, 02430 Masala, Finland e-mail: [email protected]

Dr. Karl Johan Donner

Observatory, University of Helsinki, Tahtitorninmaki (POBox 14), 00014 Helsinki, Finland e-mail: [email protected]

ISBN 978-3-540-34143-7 5th Edition Springer Berlin Heidelberg New York

ISBN 978-3-540-00179-9 4th Edition Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg New York

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Cover picture: The James Clerk Maxwell Telescope. Photo credit: Robin Phillips and Royal Observatory, Edinburgh. Image courtesy of the James Clerk Maxwell Telescope, Mauna Kea Observatory, Hawaii

Frontispiece: The Horsehead Nebula, officially called Barnard 33, in the constellation of Orion, is a dense dust cloud on the edge of a bright HII region. The photograph was taken with the 8.2 meter Kueyen telescope (VLT 2) at Paranal. (Photograph European Southern Observatory)

Title of original Finnish edition: Tähtitieteen perusteet (Ursan julkaisuja 56) © Tähtitieteellinen yhdistys Ursa Helsinki 1984, 1995, 2003

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