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Comets and How to Observe Them

Schmude, Jr., Richard

2010, XII, 254p. 177 illus., 13 illus. in color.

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  • Offers a complete guide to comets
  • Provides detailed information about how to observe them with telescopes or even binoculars
  • Includes data from the latest space probes sent to Comets Halley, Wild 2, and Tempel
  • Explains how to image comets using digital cameras and how to discover comets with just a computer
Comets have inspired wonder, excitement and even fear ever since they were first observed. They contain material from early in the life of the Solar System, held in deep-freeze. This makes them key in our understanding of the formation and evolution of many Solar System bodies. Recent ground- and space-based observations have changed much in our understanding of comets. Comets and How to Observe Them gives a summary of our current knowledge and describes how amateur astronomers can contribute to the body of scientific knowledge of comets. This book contains many practical examples of how to construct comet light-curves, measure how fast a comet’s coma expands, and determine the rotation period of the nucleus. All these examples are illustrated with drawings and photographs.

Content Level » Popular/general

Keywords » Amateur astronomy - Comet Hale-Bopp - Comet Halley - Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 - Comet Tempel - Comet Wild 2 - Comets Hyakutake - Discovering Comets - Observing Comets - Practical astronomy - observing techniques

Related subjects » Astronomy, Observations and Techniques - Popular Astronomy

Table of contents 

Comets: An Overview.- Comets 9P/Tempel 1, 1P/Halley, 19P /Borrelly, and 81P/Wild 2.- Observing Comets with the Unaided Eye and Binoculars.- Observing with Small Telescopes.- Observing with Large Telescopes.

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