TitleComets, and how to observe them
Author(s)Richard Schmude
PublicationNew York, Springer, 2010.
Description1 online resource (xii, 254 p.) : ill. (some col.)
Abstract NoteComets have inspired wonder, excitement and even fear ever since they were first observed. But they are important members of the solar system, that contain material from early in the life of the 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 boo
Contents NoteChapter 1: Comets: An Overview; Introduction; Naming Comets; Comet Orbits; Comet Orbits and Kepler's Second and Third Laws of Planetary Motion; Classification of Comets; Sources and Movement of Comets; Comet Brightness and Some Statistics; Parts of a Comet; Brightness Changes of Comets over Time; Comet Impacts in the Near Past; Chapter 2: Comets 9P/Tempel 1, 1P/Halley, 19P/Borrelly, and 81P/Wild 2; Part A: Comet 9P/Tempel 1; Part B: Comet 1P/Halley; Part C: Comet 19P/Borrelly; Part D: Comet 81P/Wild 2; Chapter 3: Observing Comets with the Unaided Eye and Binoculars; Introduction
NotesIncludes bibliographical references (p. 235-249) and index
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