Until his death in 2012, world-renowned astronomer and broadcaster Sir Patrick Moore edited this indispensable guide for fifty-two consecutive years. With the 2015 Yearbook of Astronomy, his friend and long-time co-editor Dr John Mason continues Sir Patrick's legacy. The Yearbook of Astronomy collects together a month-by-month guide to events to look out for over the coming year, from eclipses and planets, to comets, meteors, nebulae and phases of the Moon. It also contains authoritative charts, astronomical data and a series of specially commissioned articles by some of the world's leading astronomers – a fitting tribute to an extraordinary man who popularized astronomy for over half a century.
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Dr John Mason MBE is a world authority on astronomy. He is a former President of the British Astronomical Association, and is currently Principal Lecturer at the South Downs Planetarium and Science Centre. He is a keen observer of the aurora, total solar eclipses and meteor showers. He co-edited the Yearbook of Astronomy with Patrick Moore for more than ten years.
Sir Patrick Moore was one of the world's best-known astronomers, and over a long, distinguished career wrote over one hundred books on the subject. His BBC TV series The Sky at Night has been broadcast every four weeks for over fifty years. In 2001 he received a knighthood, won a BAFTA for his services to television and became a member of the celebrated Royal Society. He died in December 2012.