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Field Guide to Meteors and Meteorites

Handbook / ManualGeology Guide

Series: The Patrick Moore Practical Astronomy Series

By: Richard O Norton and Lawrence A Chitwood

285 pages, col illustrations, col photos


Paperback | May 2008 | #174270 | ISBN-13: 9781848001565
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It is said that astronomy is one of the few remaining fields in which amateurs can make a real contribution to science, and nowhere is this more true than in the field of meteors and meteorites. Although meteors are isolated and unpredictable, it is possible to predict when meteor showers - usually associated with old comets - are due; they last a couple of days, during which many meteors can be observed in a single night. Equipment for watching, counting and even measuring meteors can range from the simplest (a chair) to sophisticated all-sky cameras.

What is unique about meteors in astronomical observation is that many survive entry into the Earth's atmosphere and impact the ground - the only easily-analysed extraterrestrial material available to science. What is unique about Richard Norton's book is that it is both a field guide to observing meteors, and also a field guide to locating, preparing and analysing meteorites. In addition to giving the reader information about observing techniques for meteors, this book also provides a fully detailed account of the types of meteorites, how and where to find them, how to prepare and analyse them. It is thus the only complete book on the subject available at present.

Aus den Rezensionen: "! Die Haupt- und viele Unterklassen der Meteorite werden detailliert in Text und Fotos vorgestellt. ! Dieses praxisorientierte Buch eignet sich gleichermassen fur Einsteiger in die Meteoritenkunde und als Referenz fur erfahrene Meteoritensammler." (Thomas Rattei, in: interstellarum, 2009, Issue 63, S. 75)


PART I : Origin and Early History of Asteroids and Meteorites Chapter 1: Interplanetary Dust: the role of Comets and Asteroids Chapter 2: Observing and Imaging Meteors Sporadic Meteors Meteor Showers -- Leonids, Perseids, etc. Chapter 3: From the asteroid belt to Earth Chapter 4: Fireballs and the fall of Meteorites Chapter 5: Impact craters of the Solar System Chapter 6: Searching for meteorites in the field PART II: The Family of Meteorites Chapter 7: Chondrites, the most common stony meteorites Chapter 8: Achondrites, pieces of melted asteroid crusts Chapter 9: Iron meteorites, cores of differentiated asteroids Chapter 10: Stony-irons, the enigmatic meteorites Chapter 11: Meteorites from the Moon and Mars Chapter 12: Meteorites from comets? PART III: Analyzing Meteorites Chapter 13: Meteorite external morphology Chapter 14: Cutting, grinding and polishing meteorites Chapter 15: Weathering of meteorites Chapter 16: Preserving meteorites Chapter 17: Meteorite interiors: a microscopic journey PART IV: The Meteorite Market Chapter 18: Buying, selling and trading meteorites

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