Comets!: Visitors From Deep Space

David J. Eicher
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Join David J. Eicher in this fast-paced and entertaining journey through the history, present, and future of comets!
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Join David J. Eicher in this fast-paced and entertaining journey through the history, present, and future of these important yet mysterious cosmic bodies. From ancient times, humans have been fascinated by "broom stars" and "blazing scimitars" lighting up the sky and moving against the fixed background of stars. The Great Comets of our time still receive in-depth attention - ISON, Hale-Bopp, Hyakutake, West, and others - while recent spacecraft encounters offer amazing insight into the earliest days of the solar system. In this guide you will discover the cutting-edge science of what comets are, how they behave, where they reside, how groups of comets are related, and much more. The author carefully explores the ideas relating comets and life on Earth - and the danger posed by impacts. He finishes with practical, how-to techniques, tips, and tricks of how to successfully observe comets and even to capture your own images of them.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Author: David J. Eicher
Size: 7 x 10
Pages: 208
Author Bio
David J. Eicher is Editor-in-Chief of Astronomy magazine, and one of the most recognized astronomy enthusiasts in the world. He has spoken widely to amateur astronomy groups and written eight books on astronomy. He is president of the Astronomy Foundation and a member of the Board of Directors for Starmus Festival.
Table of Contents

List of Figures

List of Plates

Foreword by David H. Levy

Preface

Acknowledgments

1. Strange Lights in the Sky

2. Great Comets

3. What Are Comets?

4. Comets of the Modern Era

5. Comets in Human Culture

6. Where Comets Live

7. The Expanding Science of Comets

8. Observing Comets

9. Imaging Comets

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