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50 Best Sights in Astronomy and How to See Them Observing Eclipses, Bright Comets, Meteor Showers, and Other Celestial Wonders

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ISBN-10: 0471696579

ISBN-13: 9780471696575

Edition: 2007

Authors: Fred Schaaf

List price: $19.95
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This is a novice guide to the best sights in astronomy - from meteor showers to supernovas. The author, one of America's most experienced and well-respected astronomers, provides expert scientific background on each sight.
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Book details

List price: $19.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Canada, Limited
Publication date: 7/1/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

Basic Information for Astronomical Observers
Field of View: 180[degree] (the Whole Sky) to 100[degree] (Naked-Eye Scan)
The Starry Sky
Total Eclipse of the Sun
Meteor Shower or Storm
Fireball Meteor
The Northern Lights, or Aurora
Bright Satellite or Spacecraft
The Milky Way
Field of View: 100[degree] to 50[degree] (the Widest Fixed Naked-Eye Field)
The Big Dipper and the North Star
The Orion Group of Constellations
The Summer Triangle Region
Field of View: 50[degree] to 15[degree] (Moderately Wide Naked-Eye Field)
Venus and Mercury at Greatest Elongation
Venus, Jupiter, and Mars at Brightest
Bright Comet with Long Tail
Sirius, the Brightest Star
Other Bright Stars
Other Prominent Constellations
Field of View: 15[degree] to 1[degree] (Narrow Naked-Eye Field, Binoculars Field, and Wide-Telescopic Field)
Total Eclipse of the Moon
Total Eclipse of the Sun Close-Up
The Moon at Full and Other Phases
Very Thin Crescent Moon
Lunar Conjunctions and Occultations
Planetary Conjunctions
Bright Comet Close-Up
The Hyades Star Cluster and Aldebaran
The Pleiades
Other Very Bright Large Open-Star Clusters
Orion's Belt and Sword
Algol, Mira, and Other Dramatic Variable Stars
Novae, Supernovae, and Supernova Remnants
Starriest Fields
The Sagittarius Milky Way Region
The Great Andromeda Galaxy
The Realm of the Galaxies
Field of View: 1[degree] to 0.1[degree] or Less (Medium to Narrow Telescopic Field)
Overall Telescopic Views of the Moon
Close-Up Views of Lunar Craters and Other Features of the Moon
Sunspots and Other Solar Features
Partial Eclipses of the Sun
Transits of Mercury and Venus
Venus Near Inferior Conjunction
Jupiter and Its Moons
Saturn and Its Rings and Moons
Mars at Closest in a Telescope
Uranus, Neptune, and Other Dim but Important Worlds
A Colorful or Otherwise Striking Double Star
The Great Orion Nebula
A Rich Open Cluster
A Bright Globular Cluster
A Bright Planetary Nebula
A Bright and Structured Galaxy
Total Solar Eclipses, 2008-2024
Major Meteor Showers
Total and Partial Lunar Eclipses, 2007-2017
The Brightest Stars
Transits of Venus and Mercury
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