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The 50 Best Sights in Astronomy and How to See Them: Observing Eclipses, Bright Comets, Meteor Showers, and Other Celestial Wonders Wonders

Handbook / ManualPopular Science

By: Fred Schaaf

288 pages, Illus, charts, tabs

John Wiley & Sons

Paperback | Aug 2007 | #168271 | ISBN-13: 9780471696575
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A novice's guide to the best sights in astronomy from meteor showers to supernovas. It introduces beginners to the best sights in astronomy. It helps you learn to find and appreciate man-made satellites, the Orion group of constellations, sunspots, Jupiter and its moons, star clusters, novae, the Great Andromeda Galaxy, and more. excellent volume...I would recommend this book to any budding astronomer. (Astronomy Now, January 2008)


Acknowledgments.Introduction.Basic Information for Astronomical Observers.Field of View.180- (the Whole Sky) to 100- (Naked-Eye Scan).Sight 1 The Starry Sky.Sight 2 Total Eclipse of the Sun.Sight 3 Meteor Shower or Storm.Sight 4 Fireball Meteor.Sight 5 The Northern Lights, or Aurora.Sight 6 Bright Satellite or Spacecraft.Sight 7 The Milky Way.Field of View.100- to 50- (the Widest Fixed Naked-Eye Field).Sight 8 The Big Dipper and the North Star.Sight 9 The Orion Group of Constellations.Sight 10 The Summer Triangle Region.Field of View.50- to 15- (Moderately Wide Naked-Eye Field).Sight 11 Venus and Mercury at Greatest Elongation.Sight 12 Venus, Jupiter, and Mars at Brightest.Sight 13 Bright Comet with Long Tail.Sight 14 Sirius, the Brightest Star.Sight 15 Other Bright Stars.Sight 16 Orion.Sight 17 Other Prominent Constellations.Field of View.15- to 1- (Narrow Naked-Eye Field, Binoculars Field, and Wide-Telescopic Field).Sight 18 Total Eclipse of the Moon.Sight 19 Total Eclipse of the Sun Close-Up.Sight 20 The Moon at Full and Other Phases.Sight 21 Very Thin Crescent Moon.Sight 22 Lunar Conjunctions and Occultations.Sight 23 Planetary Conjunctions.Sight 24 Bright Comet Close-Up.Sight 25 The Hyades Star Cluster and Aldebaran.Sight 26 The Pleiades.Sight 27 Other Very Bright Large Open-Star Clusters.Sight 28 Orion's Belt and Sword.Sight 29 Algol, Mira, and Other Dramatic Variable Stars.Sight 30 Novae, Supernovae, and Supernova Remnants.Sight 31 Starriest Fields.Sight 32 The Sagittarius Milky Way Region.Sight 33 The Great Andromeda Galaxy.Sight 34 The Realm of the Galaxies.Field of View.1- to 0.1- or Less (Medium to Narrow Telescopic Field).Sight 35 Overall Telescopic Views of the Moon.Sight 36 Close-Up Views of Lunar Craters and Other Features of the Moon.Sight 37 Sunspots and Other Solar Features.Sight 38 Partial Eclipses of the Sun.Sight 39 Transits of Mercury and Venus.Sight 40 Venus Near Inferior Conjunction.Sight 41 Jupiter and Its Moons.Sight 42 Saturn and Its Rings and Moons.Sight 43 Mars at Closest in a Telescope.Sight 44 Uranus, Neptune, and Other Dim but Important Worlds.Sight 45 A Colorful or Otherwise Striking Double Star.Sight 46 The Great Orion Nebula.Sight 47 A Rich Open Cluster.Sight 48 A Bright Globular Cluster.Sight 49 A Bright Planetary Nebula.Sight 50 A Bright and Structured Galaxy.Appendix A: Total Solar Eclipses, 2008-2024.Appendix B: Major Meteor Showers.Appendix C: Total and Partial Lunar Eclipses, 2007-2017.Appendix D: The Brightest Stars.Appendix E: Transits of Venus and Mercury.Glossary.Sources.Photo Credits.Index.

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FRED SCHAAF, the writer of two popular long-running features in Sky & Telescope magazine, is the author of eleven books on popular astronomy, including Seeing the Deep Sky and Seeing the Solar System, both from Wiley.

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