Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Richard Schmude
    Pages 1-52
  3. Richard Schmude
    Pages 151-206
  4. Richard Schmude
    Pages 207-231
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 233-254

About this book


Comets have inspired wonder, excitement and even fear ever since they were first observed. They contain material from early in the life of the Solar System, held in deep-freeze. This makes them key in our understanding of the formation and evolution of many Solar System bodies. Recent ground- and space-based observations have changed much in our understanding of comets. Comets and How to Observe Them gives a summary of our current knowledge and describes how amateur astronomers can contribute to the body of scientific knowledge of comets. This book contains many practical examples of how to construct comet light-curves, measure how fast a comet’s coma expands, and determine the rotation period of the nucleus. All these examples are illustrated with drawings and photographs.


Amateur astronomy Comet Hale-Bopp Comet Halley Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 Comet Tempel Comet Wild 2 Comets Hyakutake Discovering Comets Observing Comets Practical astronomy observing techniques

Authors and affiliations

  • Richard Schmude
    • 1
  1. 1.BarnesvilleUSA

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