2024 Observer's Handbook

James S. Edgar
Item #89098

Published annually by the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, Observer's Handbook 2024 is the essential reference for professional astronomers, amateur skywatchers, teachers, and everyone who enjoys the night sky. This special USA Edition includes American usage and references to U.S. cities. The editors of Astronomy magazine use and recommend this comprehensive guide, which includes:

  • Sun and moon rise and set times.
  • Locations of planets and brighter asteroids.
  • Eclipses and transits.
  • Periodic comets and times of meteor showers.
  • Sky events for each month of the year.

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The 2024 Observer's Handbook is your essential guide to the night sky!

The RASC Observer's Handbook is available in a USA edition with applicable sections tailored to the USA.

An indispensable guide for amateur and professional astronomers, teachers, students, as well as interested general readers, the 2024 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 75 contributors covering:

Upcoming astronomical events for the current year, including:

  • Times of sunrise and sunset 
  • Moon phases and other lunar phenomena
  • Conjunctions, elongations, etc. of the planets
  • Eclipses and transits
  • Location of the planets and dwarf and minor planets 
  • Returns of periodic comets
  • Times of meteor showers
  • Orbital positions of the brighter satellites of both Jupiter and Saturn
  • Predictions of the cycles of many variable stars
  • The Sky Month By Month which gives an extensive listing of events throughout the year

Astronomical reference information that does not vary much from year to year but is revised annually to ensure the information is the best available, including:

  • Information on observing artificial satellites
  • This year’s feature star field
  • 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
  • Description of the various systems of specifying time
  • information on the Sun including sunspots and aurorae
  • Information on solar and lunar observing 
  • Sections on astronomical sketching and digital photography
  • Essay on deep-sky objects
  • Section and observing list "Wide-Field Wonders"
  • 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
  • Section on Sky phenomena
  • Information on the Astronomical League and its activities
  • 40 pages of authoritative tables dealing with stars, star clusters, nebulae, and galaxies
  • Maps of the Moon and of the entire stellar sky

The 2024 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!

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Author: James S. Edgar
Size: 5.5" x 8.5"
Pages: 352
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