2017 Observer's Handbook

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The must-have reference book for anyone interested in astronomy. 

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Description

An indispensable guide for amateur and professional astronomers, teachers, students, as well as interested general readers, the 2017 Observer’s Handbook is one of the oldest scientific publications in North America and has been published since 1907. The 352-page guide is published annually by The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada and includes information provided by more than 60 contributors covering:

  • Astronomical events for the current year including Moon phases and other lunar phenomena, conjunctions, elongations, etc. of the planets, eclipses and transits, returns of periodic comets, times of meteor showers, predictions of occultations, a 24-page section, “The Sky Month By Month,” and more.
  • Astronomical reference information that does not vary much from year to year but is revised annually to ensure the information is the best available. This includes information about observing artificial satellites, this year’s feature starfield – Coma Berenices, orbital and physical data on the planets and their satellites, optical properties of telescopes and binoculars, light pollution and sky transparency, the Sun including sunspots and aurorae, solar and lunar observing, deep-sky objects, advice on teaching astronomy, 40 pages of authoritative tables dealing with stars, star clusters, nebulae, and galaxies, maps of the Moon and of the entire stellar sky, and more.

The 2017 Observer’s Handbook contains information useful for well beyond the current year and would be a much appreciated resource for any active observer.

Don't miss this must-have reference book for anyone interested in astronomy!

Editor: James S. Edgar
Size:
5.5 x 8.5
Page Count:
352

Table of Contents

Upcoming Astronomical Events

Sections dealing with astronomical events that occur during the current year. Information includes:

  • times of sunrise and sunset;
  • moonrise and moonset (for latitudes 20º to 60º N);
  • Moon phases and other lunar phenomena;
  • conjunctions, elongations, etc. of the planets;
  • eclipses and transits;
  • location of the planets, dwarf, and minor planets;
  • returns of periodic comets;
  • times of meteor showers;
  • predictions of occultations by the Moon and by planetary bodies;
  • the orbital positions of the brighter satellites of both Jupiter and Saturn; and
  • predictions of the cycles of many variable stars.

A 24-page section, “The Sky Month By Month,” gives an extensive listing of events for each month of the year.

Astronomical Reference Information

Sections dealing with astronomical data and other information that does not vary much from year to year (although revisions are made annually to ensure that the information is the best available). Information includes:

  • a section on observing artificial satellites;
  • this year’s feature starfield—Coma Berenices;
  • orbital and physical data on the planets and their satellites;
  • astronomical and physical constants;
  • some optical properties of telescopes and binoculars;
  • a section on the electromagnetic spectrum;
  • information on filters for astronomical observing;
  • light pollution and sky transparency;
  • a description of the various systems of specifying time;
  • information on the Sun including sunspots and aurorae;
  • sections on solar and lunar observing;
  • sections on astronomical sketching and digital photography
  • essay on deep-sky objects
  • section and observing list "Wide-Field Wonders"
  • a list of meteorite craters in North and Central America;
  • advice on using the Observer's Handbook for teaching astronomy;
  • information on the Gegenschein and zodiacal light;
  • a section on sky phenomena;
  • 40 pages of authoritative tables dealing with stars, star clusters, nebulae, and galaxies; and
  • maps of the Moon and of the entire stellar sky
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