Comet of the Century: From Halley to Hale-Bopp

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Copernicus, 1997 - Science - 384 pages
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The twentieth century has been less spectacular for comets than the nineteenth century, but the object now approaching, Comet Hale-Bopp, bears a striking resemblance to the Great Comet of 1811, the biggest-headed and most enduringly visible comet ever known. Will Hale-Bopp be our Comet of the Century? In this book, whose publication is timed to coincide with Hale-Bopp's first prominent naked-eye appearance in the evening sky, the renowned astronomy writer Fred Schaaf offers a delightful history of all the greatest comets ever recorded - the astonishing lore, the even more astonishing science, color illustrations, and how you can participate in comet history by catching a glimpse (maybe more than a glimpse) of one of the greatest comets of the century.

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Contents

A Comet Passes
3
COMETS IN GENERAL 2 Anatomy of a Ghost
27
Dirty Snowballs and the Nurseries of Leviathans
51
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About the author (1997)

Fred Schaaf, the writer of two popular long-running features in Sky & Telescope magazine, is the author of twelve books on popular astronomy, including The 50 Best Sights in Astronomy and How to See Them, Seeing the Deep Sky, and Seeing the Solar System, all from Wiley.

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