Atlas of Great Comets

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Cambridge University Press, 2015/01/08 - 224 ページ
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.
 

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Using this book
8
Cometary beliefs and fears 10 Comets in art 17 Comets in literature and poetry
26
Comets in science 27 Comet science today
37
Great comets in the Middle Ages
45
Comet Halley 1531 51 Great Comet of 1556
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Comet Halley 1607
63
Great Comet of 1664
72
Comet Kirch 1680
78
Comet Halley 1682 90 Great Comet of 1744
96
Comet Halley 1759 101 Comet Messier 1769
105
Comet Flaugergues 1811 110 Comet Halley 1835
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Glossary
218
Figure credits
224
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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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