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Comet Science : The Study of Remnants from the Birth of the Solar System - Jacques Crovisier

Comet Science

The Study of Remnants from the Birth of the Solar System

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Published: 9th March 2000
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This book provides a comprehensive overview of our current knowledge of comets. It presents a fascinating survey of the study of comets throughout history, from antiquity to the present day, and includes the most recent discoveries on the exceptional comets Hale-Bopp and Hyakutake. The authors discuss the role of comets in the formation of our Solar System and describe the links between comets, asteroids and the recently discovered Kuiper-belt objects. The book also includes new insights into the composition and nature of cometary nuclei, with results from the most up-to-date observation techniques. Written in a clear and lively style, and beautifully illustrated, this book will appeal to anyone interested in comets and astronomy, professionals and amateurs alike. It will be of particular interest to students and researchers in astronomy, astrophysics and planetary science, as well as general readers with a good background in physics.

'... a clear, succinct and authoritative narrative ... written by two French astronomers who have each contributed mightily to the modern understanding of comets. Comet Science is comprehensive yet brief, engaging yet authoritative, and fully accessible to a wide range of readers. It is well suited to student use and sufficiently detailed for astronomers wanting an overview of the state of the field, while remaining readable by the informed layperson.' Dale P. Cruikshank, Nature 'Comet Science by Jacques Crovisier and Therese Encrenaz spans the range from historical drawings to spacecraft investigations, from visual images to infrared and radio maps and spectra, and from old favourites like Comet Halley to new ones like Comet Hale-Bopp.' New Scientist 'Written in a clear and lively style, Comet Science, illustrates the vast wonders of Comets, which are the very remnants from the birth of our Solar System ... Appealing to anyone interested in the wonders of comets and astronomy, this book, which is written in a clear and straightforward style, makes it ideal for professionals and amateurs alike. Holding on to its main theme, that is, comet science, it thoroughly covers all topics with in-depth surveys into each sub-subject. Clear coloured photographs and diagrams illustrate the book throughout. As any astronomer would say, comets make a splendid introduction into the astounding and inspiring world of astronomy.' Astronomy and Space 'This is a well-written and excellently illustrated book by two world experts. it is a sheer pleasure to read. ... Both amateurs and professionals will enjoy comet browsing and studying. This book deserves an award for science appeal.' Irish Astronomical Journal 'Written in a clear and lively style, and beautifully illustrated, this book will appeal to anyone interested in comets and astronomy, professionals and amateurs alike.' Europe & Astronomy 'Readers will appreciate the happy balance between chapters devoted to observation and those devoted to techniques ... I completely agree.' Mike Moores, OUGS Journal

The history of the comets
What is a comet?
Visual observations
Visible and ultraviolet spectroscopy
The 1986 exploration of comet Halley
New techniques: infrared and radio
Cometary nuclei and their activity
The collision of comet Shoemaker-Levy and Jupiter
The nature of comets
Comets and the history of the solar system
The future of cometary research
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ISBN: 9780521645911
ISBN-10: 0521645913
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 187
Published: 9th March 2000
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.6 x 18.9  x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.55