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2015 An Astronomical Year: A Reference Guide to 365 Nights by Richard J. Bartlett

By Richard J. Bartlett

No matter if you're an absolute "no knowledge" newbie or knowledgeable astronomer, this entire, easy-to-use quickly reference consultant provide you with all of the info you want to locate hundreds of thousands of evening sky occasions in 2015 - lots of that are noticeable with simply your eyes.

Written through a former freelance columnist for Astronomy journal with over thirty years of expertise, the advisor contains:
- textual content highlighting "must see" occasions that may be simply came upon and loved. No gear required!
- pix simulating the simplest occasions as they are often visible within the sky
- per thirty days highlights of what should be noticeable within the pre-dawn and night sky, together with the Moon, planets, vivid asteroids, meteors, vibrant stars, constellations and deep sky items
- Descriptions of key astronomical occasions for every very important date

And for extra complicated astronomers:
- info of astronomical occasions, together with conjunctions, eclipses, elongations, oppositions and meteor showers
- Technical info for key occasions, corresponding to item significance, distance and obvious dimension
- Angular separation for conjunctions
- end result dates for vivid stars, constellations and all a hundred and ten Messier items

Whether you're making plans an evening out less than the celebrities or just are looking to examine extra in regards to the heavens above us, you will discover all of it during this consultant to the astronomical 12 months.

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O. Muhleman, JPL/Caltech) 37 CHAPTER 2 obtained with the world's largest single radio telescope, the 305-m (l,OOO-ft) dish at Arecibo in Puerto Rico. Unfortunately, Mariner 10 did not obtain any highresolution images of the north pole, but there is no doubt that the radar-bright features at the south pole coincide with deep impact craters. The nature of the reflected signals favors the astounding conclusion that water ice survives in permanently shaded craters on the furnace-like surface of Mercury.

44 grams per cubic centimeter, which is second only to the much larger Earth. The reason for this remarkably large core remains uncertain. However, it may help to explain the surprising strength of Mercury's magnetic field. (LPI) 33 CHAPTER 2 Magnetic Field-Despite its slow rotation, Mercury has a magnetic field that is stronger than those of Venus, Mars, or the Moon. Its strength at the equator is about I % of Earth's magnetic field. Although the density of the solar wind is 10 times higher at Mercury than at Earth, the modest magnetic field is usually able to deflect most of the particles and create a teardrop-shaped magnetosphere which is 5% the size of the magnetic bubble surrounding the Earth.

The low-altitude orbit over the northern hemisphere will enable MESSENGER to conduct a detailed investigation of Mercury's geology and the composition of the giant Caloris impact basin. In order to survive where solar radiation is up to II times more intense than on Earth, the spacecraft will carry a sunshield made of heat-resistant Nextel fabric-the same ceramic material that protects parts of the Space Shuttleso that its instruments will be able to operate at room temperature. " MESSENGER's orbital reconnaissance will continue for at least 12 months (equivalent to two Mercurian days, from sunrise to sunrise, or four Mercurian years).

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