The Patrick Moore Practical Astronomy Series

Stories of Astronomers and Their Stars

Authors: Falkner, David E.

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  • Chronicles the lives of influential pioneers in astronomy and their study of the stars
  • Includes supplementary resources for direct observation of mentioned stars
  • Provides an introduction to spectroscopy
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This book recounts the stories of the astronomical pioneers who forever changed our views of the cosmos. The chapters delve into their fascinating lives over the centuries, showing how these pivotal minds built upon the work of their predecessors and unlocked the unique properties of specific stars.

From ancient astronomy to modern imaging and spectroscopy, each tale at once showcases the pace of scientific discovery and the shared passions that drove these starwatchers. Accompanying the stories are a plethora of constellation and finder charts, stellar coordinates and directions, and suggestions for viewing specific stars, all of which are visible to the naked eye or through a small telescope.

In addition, the histories on specific star names and designations are given, along with an overview of the most popular catalogues and online databases that readers can use for reference.


About the authors

David Falkner first became interested in Astronomy as a pre-teen when his father took him to a show at the Holcolm Planetarium in Indianapolis, IN. He became hooked and has loved astronomy ever since.  When he was a teenager he inherited a home-made Newtonian telescope that needed the primary mirror. He ground a 6” mirror and completed his first telescope, which gave him years of pleasure observing the heavens. In 1973 David joined the US Navy and became an officer in 1980. In 1986 as a Naval Officer stationed in Monterey, California, he was involved with the Friends of MIRA (Monterey Institute for Research in Astronomy) where he conducted outreach to local schools associated with the return of Halley’s Comet. David retired from the US Navy in 1993 and settled in Minnesota, where he continues his love of astronomy. He has taught introductory astronomy at a local community college and does extensive astronomy outreach both with the Minnesota Astronomical Society and as a NASA Solar System Ambassador.

Table of contents (25 chapters)

Table of contents (25 chapters)
  • Observing the Night Sky and the

    Pages 3-6

    Falkner, David E.

  • The Spring/Fall Sky

    Pages 7-15

    Falkner, David E.

  • The Summer/Winter Sky

    Pages 17-22

    Falkner, David E.

  • The Fall/Spring Sky

    Pages 23-29

    Falkner, David E.

  • The Winter/Summer Sky

    Pages 31-37

    Falkner, David E.

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eBook $24.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-80309-4
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Softcover $34.99
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  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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  • Covid-19 shipping restrictions
  • Usually ready to be dispatched within 3 to 5 business days, if in stock
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Stories of Astronomers and Their Stars
Authors
Series Title
The Patrick Moore Practical Astronomy Series
Copyright
2021
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-80309-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-80309-4
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-80308-7
Series ISSN
1431-9756
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 302
Number of Illustrations
124 b/w illustrations
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