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Seeing the Solar System: Telescopic Projects, Activities, and Explorations in Astronomy

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Seeing the Solar System Fun, easy astronomy projects that let you unlock the secrets of our solar system. Whether you're a veteran sky watcher or an amateur astronomer, Seeing the Solar System will take you on a fascinating journey to objects in our solar system beyond the naked eye. This entertaining hands-on guide gives you dozens of stimulating astronomy projects and experiments that you can perform at home or in the field. The only requirement is a basic telescope--and a keen interest in this increasingly ...
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Seeing the Solar System Fun, easy astronomy projects that let you unlock the secrets of our solar system. Whether you're a veteran sky watcher or an amateur astronomer, Seeing the Solar System will take you on a fascinating journey to objects in our solar system beyond the naked eye. This entertaining hands-on guide gives you dozens of stimulating astronomy projects and experiments that you can perform at home or in the field. The only requirement is a basic telescope--and a keen interest in this increasingly popular subject. Written by well-known astronomer and author Fred Schaaf, Seeing the Solar System is a companion volume to Seeing the Sky and the second in a trilogy of astronomy projects books. This invaluable addition to any amateur astronomer's library is also ideal for astronomy clubs, nature groups, and family fun.
* Covers the nine planets and their moons, plus asteroids, comets and meteors, the Sun, and more
* From general observations of the moon to observing the comas and gas tails of comets, experiments range in difficulty from basic to advanced
* Written in crisp, clear, nontechnical language that even novice astronomers can understand
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471530718
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/29/1991
  • Series: Wiley Science Editions Series , #80
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 0.48 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 7.50 (d)

Meet the Author

FRED SCHAAF wrote the monthly "Eye on the Sky" column for Astronomy magazine for five years. He is contributing editor and astronomy essayist for The Old Farmer's Almancac, has written a regular astronomy newspaper column for the past 15 years, has had articles in Sky and Telescope, Highlights for Children, and Omni, and is an astronomy consultant to Time-Life Books. Previous books by Mr. Schaaf include the popular The Starry Room and Seeing the Sky.
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Table of Contents

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MOON, SUN, AND ECLIPSES.

Tour of the Moon--Evening Crescent to First Quarter.

Tour of the Moon--Twelve-Day-Old, Full, After Full.

Lunar Maria.

Lunar Transient Phenomena (LTP).

Lunar Occultations.

General Observations of the Sun.

Sunspot Counts.

Observations of Total Solar Eclipses.

Enlargement of Earth's Shadow at Lunar Eclipses.

PLANETS.

Apparitions of Jupiter.

The Great Red Spot.

Eclipse Phenomena of the Galilean Satellites.

Apparitions of Venus--Part 2.

Cloud Features of Venus.

Special Observations of Crescent Venus.

Cloud Features of Saturn.

Saturn's Rings Near Edgewise--Part 1.

The Satellites of Saturn.

The Different Kinds of Apparitions of Mars.

The Light and the Topographic Surface Features of Mars.

Atmospheric Phenomena of Mars.

Surface Features of Mercury.

Neptune and Triton.

COMETS, ASTEROIDS, AND METEORS.

General Observations of Comets.

The Brightness of Comets.

The Asteroids.

Appendices.

Glossary.

Sources of Information.

General Index.

Crater Index.

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