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Patrick Moore's Yearbook of Astronomy 2011 [Paperback]

Patrick Moore
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5 Nov 2010 Patrick Moore's Yearbook of Astronomy
The book that no stargazer should be without

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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan (5 Nov 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0230752098
  • ISBN-13: 978-0230752092
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 317,896 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sir Patrick Moore is the world's best-known living astronomer. He has presented the BBC's 'Sky at Night' programme since 1957 and written over 60 books. Recognised by the scientific community as one of the greatest authorities in the field, he was awarded the OBE in 1968. In 2001 he received a Knighthood, won a BAFTA for his services to television and became a member of the celebrated Royal Society. He lives in Selsey, Sussex.

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This fully updated 2011 edition features a range of specially commissioned articles by some of the world's top astronomers, an authoritative collection of charts and astronomical data, and a month-by-month guide to events in the coming year: planets, eclipses, comets, meteors, nebulae and phases of the moon. 'A first-rate curtain raiser for a year that offers a stream of astronomical treats' Observer Science Books of the Year 'The sort of book that beggars the reviewer's powers of expression . . . These charts are masterpieces of clarity and detail . . . Indispensable' Astronomy & Space

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5.0 out of 5 stars A star buy!! 11 Jan 2011
As a complete newcomer to the field of astronomy I was baffled as to where to actually begin. So I bought a telescope .... a good start, but what to do next? I happened upon this book and it has opened up a whole new world or worlds for me!!

The first part of this book deals with monthly charts and astronomical phenomena. We get detailed star charts for both hemispheres, a chapter on the planets and the ecliptic, the phases of the moon are detailed and the longitudes of the sun, moon and planets are given. The most notable events are listed and followed by a month by month planner of more events. Also covered in fine detail are: Eclipses, occultations, comets, minor planets, meteors and some events for 2012. An interesting year ahead by all accounts.

Part two is the article section and it certainly doesn't disappoint with eight fine articles specially commissioned by some of the worlds leading astronomers. It will hold the attention of even the most fidgety readers!! My personal favourite was: "Water ice on the moon" by David M. Harland.

The final section contains a collection of miscellaneous articles on subjects such as: Interesting variable stars, Mira star: Maxima 2011, interesting double stars, interesting Nebulae, Clusters and Galaxies and the usual roundup of societies and contributors.

I found this book extremely helpful, informative yet concise and a great aid in helping me sound like I know what I'm talking about!! A must have for the serious astronomer and invaluable for the bluffer.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five stars! 20 Mar 2011
By Sir Barnabas VINE VOICE
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Indispensible guide to night sky divided into 3 sections.

Part I contains, amongst other things, the star charts, monthly notes, phases of the moon and guide to various astronomical phenomena.

Part II is a selection of eight articles on matters astronomical, which it's almost worth buying the book for in their own right. An eclectic mix of such topics as "Water Ice on the Moon", "Meteors from the Dragon's Head" & "Astronomy and the Early Royal Society".

Part III is a section on miscellaneous objects such as variable stars and nebulae.

Can't speak for more serious stargazers but as an (extreme) amateur I can't recommend it highly enough!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating read. 22 Sep 2011
This is a great book which I hope to buy again next year. I keep returning to it again and again. It's split up into several sections all of which are of interest to the amateur astronomer. The articles at the back are fascinating.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A very comprehensive year book 12 Jun 2011
By R. Cook
This astronomy book details all the forthcoming celestial events for each month of the year and much much more.

In Part I, monthly astronomy notes, star charts, moon phases, planet positions, eclipses, occultations, comets and meteors are all featured for 2011.
Part II of the book (about 45% of the contents) consists of feature articles covering a wide range of different topics eg Meteors from the Dragons Head, The Japanese Patrollers: From Honda to Itagaki, to name but two.
Part III, Miscellaneous, covers some extra detailed lists, eg Double Stars, Nebula and Galaxies, etc.

Altogether a surprisingly thick little book and a comprehensive read for the year.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another excellent Issue 9 May 2011
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These books are always superb and this one is no exception. For newcomers to astronomy or experienced astronomers, these books are extremely valuable. Lovely book.
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