The Greatest Comets in History: Broom Stars and Celestial Scimitars (Google eBook)

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Springer Science & Business Media, Dec 16, 2008 - Mathematics - 280 pages
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The Greatest Comets of History is unique. There are a few books on comets that make passing reference to some of the famous and spectacular objects of earlier years, and a few descriptive catalogues are available, but little detailed descriptive information is contained in either of these sources. This book fills the vacant niche that exists between general books, academic (and often cryptic) catalogues, and huge detailed catalogues such as Kronk’s Cometography. The Greatest Comets of History is a detailed descriptive account – in non-technical language – of what are deemed to have been the most spectacular and notable comets ever recorded, beginning with ‘Aristotle’s Comet’ of 372 BC and ending with McNaught’s Comet of 2007. Halley’s Comet is given a separate chapter and there is an introductory chapter on comets in general, explaining in lay terms what they are and correcting a few popular misconceptions. This is not only a fascinating read for astronomers at every level, but in pulling together a vast amount of information previously available only in disparate academic sources it is a major contribution to the literature.
  

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Contents

The Nature of Comets
1
Halleys Comet Through the Ages
31
The Greatest Comets of Ancient Times
65
The Greatest Comets from AD 1000 to 1800
91
The Greatest Comets from 1800 to Present Times
125
The Kreutz Sungrazers
191
Daylight Comets
225
Glossary
241
Further Reading
243
Appendix
245
Name Index
249
Subject Index
255
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