How would you like to discover a comet? Or be the first person to recognize a new star? This book will tell you how, and more! Writing for amateur astronomers using backyard equipment, noted astronomer, Bill Liller, describes exactly how to search the night skies for the unexpected, and what techniques work best for making astronomical discoveries. Author Liller covers all kinds of objects, such as comets, asteroids, novae, and supernovae that an amateur can hope to find as a result of systematic searching. One chapter also includes sage advice from successful amateurs, such as David Levy and Minoru Honda (comets), Bob Evans (supernovae), and Eleanor Helin and Brian Manning (asteroids), who share the secrets of their methods. The use of electronic technology is included, as well as instructions on how to publicize a discovery. Extensive appendices contain a wealth of essential data for every new discoverer of cosmic events. William Liller is the coauthor (with Ben Mayer) of the Cambridge Guide to Astronomy (1985) and has had a minor planet (3222) named after him.
Richly illustrated with full-color images, this book is a comprehensive, up-to-date description of the planets, their moons, and recent exoplanet discoveries. This second edition of a now classic reference is brought up to date with fascinating new discoveries from 12 recent Solar System missions. Examples include water on the Moon, volcanism on Mercury's previously unseen half, vast buried glaciers on Mars, geysers on Saturn's moon Enceladus, lakes of hydrocarbons on Titan, encounter with asteroid Itokawa, and sample return from comet Wild 2. The book is further enhanced by hundreds of striking new images of the planets and moons. Written at an introductory level appropriate for undergraduate and high-school students, it provides fresh insights that appeal to anyone with an interest in planetary science. A website hosted by the author contains all the images in the book with an overview of their importance. A link to this can be found at www.cambridge.org/solarsystem.
Monthly Notes of the Astronomical Society of Southern Africa