Comets and How to Observe Them Richard Schmude Jr

Comets and How to Observe Them

Author: Richard Schmude Jr
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Book Title
Comets and How to Observe Them
Author
Richard Schmude Jr
ISBN
9781441957894
Comets 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 book contains many practical examples of how to construct comet light-curves, measure how fast a comet's coma expands, and determine the rotation period of the nucleus. All these examples are illustrated with drawings and photographs. Because of their unpredictable nature comets are always interesting and sometime spectacular objects to observe and image. The second part of the book therefore takes the reader through the key observing techniques that can be used with commercially available modern observing equipment, from basic observations to more scientific measurements.Binding Type: PaperbackAuthor: Richard Schmude JrPublisher: SpringerPublished: 09/21/2010ISBN: 9781441957894Pages: 254Weight: 0.84lbsSize: 9.00h x 6.00w x 0.50dReview Citations: Choice 04/01/2011

Comets 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 book contains many practical examples of how to construct comet light-curves, measure how fast a comet's coma expands, and determine the rotation period of the nucleus. All these examples are illustrated with drawings and photographs.

Because of their unpredictable nature comets are always interesting and sometime spectacular objects to observe and image. The second part of the book therefore takes the reader through the key observing techniques that can be used with commercially available modern observing equipment, from basic observations to more scientific measurements.



Binding Type: Paperback
Author: Richard Schmude Jr
Publisher: Springer
Published: 09/21/2010
ISBN: 9781441957894
Pages: 254
Weight: 0.84lbs
Size: 9.00h x 6.00w x 0.50d

Review Citations: Choice 04/01/2011

Comets 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 book contains many practical examples of how to construct comet light-curves, measure how fast a comet's coma expands, and determine the rotation period of the nucleus. All these examples are illustrated with drawings and photographs.

Because of their unpredictable nature comets are always interesting and sometime spectacular objects to observe and image. The second part of the book therefore takes the reader through the key observing techniques that can be used with commercially available modern observing equipment, from basic observations to more scientific measurements.



Binding Type: Paperback
Author: Richard Schmude Jr
Publisher: Springer
Published: 09/21/2010
ISBN: 9781441957894
Pages: 254
Weight: 0.84lbs
Size: 9.00h x 6.00w x 0.50d

Review Citations: Choice 04/01/2011