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Blazing a Ghostly Trail

ISON and Great Comets of the Past and Future

Grego, Peter

2014, XIV, 294 p. 221 illus., 136 illus. in color.

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  • Detailed guide to seeing and studying what may possibly be the greatest comet of modern times, due to approach Earth fall of 2013 Includes set of specially prepared maps (fully labeled) covering bright cometary apparitions of the next few years
  • Covers recent naked-eye comets and space probe images of large comets
  • Comets explained in detail – their nature, their origins and a history of our observation of them
  • Written by an experienced astronomer who has been actively observing bright comets since 1983

A special celestial event climaxes towards the end of 2013, the arrival, fresh from the Oort Cloud, of Comet C/2012 S1 (ISON). By all predictions, this comet was set to be one of the most dazzling comets seen in modern history.

 

Sky watchers will have already been primed for C/2012 (ISON) earlier in 2013 with the apparition of another naked-eye comet, C/2011 L4 (PanSTARRS), and following C/2012 S1 (ISON) there is the prospect of 2012 K1 (PanSTARRS) reaching naked-eye visibility in August 2014. And there will be other bright cometary prospects in the near future, if we take into account the latest predictions.

 

This book sets the scene for the arrival of Comet C/2012 S1 and those comets following it over the next few years. It explains how sky watchers and amateur astronomers can practically follow comets, observe them, and record them. This is also a guide on how to keep abreast of the latest cometary discoveries and how to use publications, websites, programs, and apps to visualize and plan observations. The book includes:

 

·    descriptions of the nature, origins and observing history of comets

·    a detailed guide to seeing and studying what could be the greatest comet of modern times

·    specially prepared maps covering bright cometary apparitions of the next few years.

·    Illustrations of recent naked-eye comets and space probe images of large comets.

Content Level » Popular/general

Keywords » Amateurs Observing Comets - C/2012 S1 (ISON) - Comet Discovery - Comet Hunting - Cometary Space Missions - Hale-Bopp Observations - Halley's Comet - Imaging Comets - Naked-eye Comets - Photographing Comets

Related subjects » Astronomy, Observations and Techniques - Popular Astronomy

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