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Atlas of Great Comets

  • Spectacularly illustrated in full colour, the comets are presented in all their vivid glory
  • Includes rarely seen historical images and photographs of comets throughout history
  • Extensively researched, the broader historical and scientific context of each comet is explained through numerous sky charts and historical documents

By: Ronald Stoyan(Author), Storm Dunlop(Translated by)

224 pages, 163 colour & 123 b/w illustrations, 32 maps, 34 tables

Cambridge University Press

Hardback | Jan 2015 | #216906 | ISBN-13: 9781107093492
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About this book

Throughout the ages, comets, enigmatic and beautiful wandering objects that appear for weeks or months, have alternately fascinated and terrified humankind. The result of five years of careful research, Atlas of Great Comets is a generously illustrated reference on thirty of the greatest comets that have been witnessed and documented since the Middle Ages. Special attention is given to the cultural and scientific impact of each appearance, supported by a wealth of images, from woodcuts, engravings, historical paintings and artifacts, to a showcase of the best astronomical photos and images. Following the introduction, giving the broad historical context and a modern scientific interpretation, the Great Comets feature in chronological order. For each, there is a contemporary description of its appearance along with its scientific, cultural and historical significance. Whether you are an armchair astronomer or a seasoned comet-chaser, this spectacular reference deserves a place on your shelf.


Using this book

Part I. Introduction: Cometary beliefs and fears
- Comets in art
- Comets in literature and poetry
- Comets in science
- Cometary science today
- Great comets in antiquity
- Great comets of the Middle Ages

Part II. The 30 Greatest Comets of Modern Times: The Great Comet of 1471
- Comet Halley 1531
- The Great Comet of 1556
- The Great Comet of 1577
- Comet Halley 1607
- The Great Comet of 1618
- The Great Comet of 1664
- Comet Kirch 1680
- Comet Halley 1682
- The Great Comet of 1744
- Comet Halley 1759
- Comet Messier 1769
- Comet Flaugergues 1811
- Comet Halley 1835
- The Great March Comet of 1843
- Comet Donati 1858
- Comet Tebbutt 1861
- The Great September Comet of 1882
- The Great January Comet of 1910
- Comet Halley 1910
- Comet Arend–Roland 1956
- Comet Ikeya–Seki 1965
- Comet Bennett 1970
- Comet Kohoutek 1973–74
- Comet West 1976
- Comet Halley 1986
- Comet Shoemaker–Levy 9 1994
- Comet Hyakutake 1996
- Comet Hale–Bopp 1997
- Comet McNaught 2007

Part III. Appendices
- Table of comet data

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Ronald Stoyan is Editor-in-Chief of Interstellarum, and the proprietor of the independent German publisher Oculum-Verlag, which specialises in amateur astronomy books. He is the founding director of the German deep-sky organisation 'Fachgruppe Deep-Sky' and has authored or-co-authored nine books on practical astronomy, including Atlas of the Messier Objects and The Cambridge Photographic Star Atlas.

Storm Dunlop is an experienced writer and lecturer on astronomy. He is author of Collins Night Sky (2011), a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society, and a past president of the British Astronomical Association.

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