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The Wandering Astronomer - Patrick Moore

The Wandering Astronomer

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Published: 1st January 2000
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Drawing on his vast knowledge and direct experience of most of the key events in astronomy and space exploration during this century, Patrick Moore takes a sideways look at the historical reports and contemporary thought behind a wide range of astronomical topics. The Wandering Astronomer presents his personal accounts of the towering characters of 20th-century astronomy, intriguing facts about puzzling astronomical phenomena, and amusing stories about the quirkier side of astronomy and space exploration. This collection of essays covers everything from the case of vanishing planets to UFOs over Selsey. Entertaining and informative, it will be enjoyable reading for both seasoned and amateur astronomers as well as general science readers.
About the Author
Author and broadcaster Patrick Moore is a lunar specialist who makes observations from his home in Selsey on most clear nights. He has written more than 100 books, and for the past 43 years he has presented BBC TV's Sky at Night program without missing a single episode. Moore served in the RAF during WWII and has been involved in astronomy since he was a boy. In 1967 he was awarded the OBE for his services to astronomy, and in 1988 he received the CBE. He also recently received a knighthood in the New Years Honours list.

"I can thoroughly recommend this entertaining and informative book to professionals and non-professionals alike." Nick Lomb, Sydney Observatory Powerhouse Museum" .. contains something for everyone to enjoy" Contemporary Physics "A very good read." Spaceflight" . . . is a delightful pot pourri of serious history, unfology-bashing, and everything in between. . . Quite how Patrick retains such an enormous fund of stories is beyond me. Long may he continue to do it, though." The Observatory Magazine "This collection of 41 short essays by Patrick Moore is a really enjoyable read. The essays range from serious scientific discussions of astronoical problems to amusing tales of unbelievable events, and cover the whole spectrum of astronomy from early times to the present day. Both practitioners and amateurs will find the book of considerable interest." Aslib Book Guide "This latest book is simply a collection of essays on a wide range of astronomical topics and people, so that it makes an ideal gift for any budding young astronomer. It's format is such that it can be put on one's own bedside table ready to be picked up for a quick read on a cold winter's night. . . Buy it." Colin Gray in MNASSA Vol. 59, Nos. 9 and 10 thoroughly recommend this entertaining and informative book to professionals and non-professionals alike." Nick Lomb, Sydney Observatory Powerhouse Museum" .. contains something for everyone to enjoy" Contemporary Physics "A very good read." Spaceflight" . . . is a delightful pot pourri of serious history, unfology-bashing, and everything in between. . . Quite how Patrick retains such an enormous fund of stories is beyond me. Long may he continue to do it, though." TheObservatory Magazine "This collection of 41 short essays by Patrick Moore is a really enjoyable read. The essays range from serious scientific discussions of astronoical problems to amusing tales of unbelievable events, and cover the whole spectrum of astronomy from early times to the present day. Both practitioners and amateurs will find the book of considerable interest." Aslib Book Guide "This latest book is simply a collection of essays on a wide range of astronomical topics and people, so that it makes an ideal gift for any budding young astronomer. It's format is such that it can be put on one's own bedside table ready to be picked up for a quick read on a cold winter's night. . . Buy it." Colin Gray in MNASSA Vol. 59, Nos. 9 and 10

The Atmosphere of the Moonp. 7
The Man Who Discovered a Planetp. 13
Moon in Shadowp. 19
The Zodiacal Intruderp. 23
Fishing Hipparcos Downp. 27
The Past and Future Moonp. 30
Visitor to the Ares Vallisp. 34
Harvest Moons, Wolf Moons and Blue Moonsp. 38
The Cosmic Zebrap. 41
Flying Saucers in Selseyp. 47
Gene Shoemakerp. 52
The Blackness of Mathildep. 59
Hitch-Hiker - and Othersp. 62
Ice on the Moon?p. 66
Mira Stellap. 71
The Case of the Vanishing Planetsp. 75
Poetic Moonsp. 82
A Lightning Decision!p. 84
The Strange Case of SS Lacertaep. 87
How the Lunar Craters Weren't Formedp. 90
The Lonely Brown Dwarfp. 97
Sister Marie - and Othersp. 100
To Catch a Cometp. 105
Curious Callistop. 108
A Year on Icarusp. 111
The Lighter Side of Spacep. 115
Alshainp. 122
Names in the Skyp. 127
Travel to the Stars?p. 133
Ghost Moonsp. 137
Ripples of Creationp. 152
"Des. Res." on Mars?p. 155
The Edge of the Moonp. 157
The Sad Case of Dr. Elliottp. 163
Fast Lane to Plutop. 169
Life Can Appear - but Will it?p. 173
Thatcher's Cometp. 175
Apocalypse Postponedp. 179
The Star in the Eastp. 181
It Was in the Papers!p. 185
Caribbean Eclipsep. 197
Glossaryp. 202
Indexp. 206
Picture Creditsp. 208
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ISBN: 9780750306935
ISBN-10: 0750306939
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 208
Published: 1st January 2000
Publisher: INST OF PHYSICS PUB
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 16.08  x 2.34
Weight (kg): 0.59
Edition Number: 1