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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 50th year!
This is the "Special 50th Anniversary Edition" as always edited by Sir Patrick Moore. What we get here are the following:

1. The usual star charts drawn for northern (+52 North for London) and southern(-35 South for Cape Town or Sydney) latitudes.

2. A few pages about "The Planets and the Ecliptic", "Phases of the Moon in 2012", "Longitudes of the...
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3.0 out of 5 stars big disappointment
The yearbook was a big disappointment for me. The 50-year anniversary would have been much more colorful and exciting. A lot of missing information, which can be found in other yearbooks. (Sunrise, Sunset, Moonrise, Moonset, calendar, etc.). The hard board because the book is difficult to handle. Uncomfortable in your hand. Article section is good,but the first part I am...
Published on 8 Jan 2012 by Zsolt Perko


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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 50th year!, 26 Dec 2011
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This review is from: Patrick Moore's Yearbook of Astronomy 2012: 50th Anniversary Edition (Hardcover)
This is the "Special 50th Anniversary Edition" as always edited by Sir Patrick Moore. What we get here are the following:

1. The usual star charts drawn for northern (+52 North for London) and southern(-35 South for Cape Town or Sydney) latitudes.

2. A few pages about "The Planets and the Ecliptic", "Phases of the Moon in 2012", "Longitudes of the Sun,Moon and Planets in 2012" and "Some Events in 2012".

3. The usual monthly notes of 2012 (January to December) enriched as always with additional scientific and historical notes that are hard to find elsewhere.

4. A few pages about "Eclipses in 2012", "Occultations in 2012", "Comets in 2012", "Minor Planets in 2012", "Meteors in 2012" and "Some Events in 2013".

5. The "Article Section" that comes in handy when it's cloudy out there! The articles are the following:

"The Barwell Meteorite": The article is about the heaviest meteorite ever fallen in England.
"Brighter than a Million Suns": An article about the star Eta Carinae.
"The Night Sky - AD 50,000": It's about the future of constellations.
"Robotic Space Exploration: 1962-2012": A detailed account of the unmanned exploration of the Cosmos.
"The Biggest Structures in the Universe": An article about mapping the fabric of the Cosmos.
"A Universe of Darkness": This one deals with cosmology and dark matter in particular.
"Choosing a Telescope": Maybe the best article ever written about choosing a telescope.
"The story of Stellar Mass Black Holes": What we know about them so far.
"Lifting the Sun's Bright Veil: Fifty Years of Solar Observing": An article about solar observing.
"Curious Episodes from the Observational History of the Planets": Historical morsels about planetary observing.
"Fifty Years of Hi-Tech Magic: From Astrophotography to Astrophotonics": An article about the latest and greatest in capturing the wonder of the Heavens.
"The Moon and the Amateur Astronomer": How to contribute to lunar astronomy and selenography.
"The Victorian Transits of Venus, 1874 and 1882, and Their Background": Historical article about past Venusian transits.

6. A few pages about "Some Interesting Variable Stars", "Some Interesting Double Stars", "Some Interesting Nebulae, Clusters and Galaxies" and a list of "Astronomical Societies in the British Isles".

Overall a splendid book that has become a tradition for astronomers all over the world. It may lack the full colour eye candy of its American counterparts, but it has the magic touch of a man (Sir Patrick Moore) who has contributed to what we call modern observational Astronomy.

Highly recommended.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five stars!, 14 Jan 2012
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This review is from: Patrick Moore's Yearbook of Astronomy 2012: 50th Anniversary Edition (Hardcover)
The 50th anniversary edition of Patrick Moore's Yearbook of Astronomy. Contains the usual comprehensive starcharts for the Northern and Southern hemispheres, monthly notes and astronomical phenonema, planets, eclipses, comets, meteors, nebulae and phases of the moon for the coming year.

Also, in addition to the usual selection of previously unpublished articles from leading astronomers, this edition contains a selection of articles, revised and updated as necessary, that have appeared in the yearbook over the last fifty years.

I suppose one could argue that, given the special nature of the anniversary, more could perhaps have been made of this edition, but in any event it still remains an indispensible guide to the night sky for 2012 for any astronomer!!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Patrick Moore's Yearbook of Astronomy 2012, 11 Dec 2011
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Mrs. H. M. Marshall (England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Patrick Moore's Yearbook of Astronomy 2012: 50th Anniversary Edition (Hardcover)
I always look forward to receiving the latest yearbook of Astronomy but the latest edition is even better. The 2012 book is a hardback edition to celebrate the series 50th anniversary. Appart from the usual monthly sky charts and sky notes there is an excellent selection of articles covering the last 50 years in astronomy. The articles are written by some very well known people in the world of astronomy and space travel e.g. David Harland, Ian Nicholson, Allan Chapman and many others. There are several colour photographs covering the last 50 years including the ever popular one taken from Appolo 8 looking back at the earth as it orbited the moon, the first spacecraft with humans on board to do so.

All in all, I would have no hesitation in recommending this book.

Helen Marshall
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4.0 out of 5 stars For someone that owns a telescope, 5 Jan 2013
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This book is easy to learn with and very complete - It's full of details and tables. It makes sense to buy it if you own a telescope and are able to travel a bit and observe. Otherwise doesn't make much sense....
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5.0 out of 5 stars If your into astronomy read this., 23 April 2012
This review is from: Patrick Moore's Yearbook of Astronomy 2012: 50th Anniversary Edition (Hardcover)
Patrick Moore, undoubtedly one of the world's most renowned astronomers. His writing always inspires me to jump up on the roof again and start gazing. He agrees with the alien theories you know . . . .
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5.0 out of 5 stars TO THE STARS, 2 Jan 2012
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A. Taylor (Surrey England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Patrick Moore's Yearbook of Astronomy 2012: 50th Anniversary Edition (Hardcover)
1st Class, as always. Fairly hefty book some 500 pages long, covers all the basics for the coming astronomical year, includes star charts, month by month breakdown lots of `historical' information and re-prints of pertinent items from past years; mostly all updated.

Lots of line drawings, photographs, mostly B&W but some colour As I said a great read. One tiny point, why the reprint of the article on `The Night Sky - A.D. 50,000' didn't make use of the fact to put the four star charts in order on each page I'm not sure i.e Map for UK for 1984 with same map for A.D. 50,000 rather than make one turn the page to compare; but I nitpick.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book, 31 Dec 2011
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This review is from: Patrick Moore's Yearbook of Astronomy 2012: 50th Anniversary Edition (Hardcover)
As you would expect from Patrick Moore's yearbook. An excellent catalogue of the night sky throughout the year coupled with extremely interesting articles about astronomy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Golden jubilee edition, 15 Dec 2011
This review is from: Patrick Moore's Yearbook of Astronomy 2012: 50th Anniversary Edition (Hardcover)
My stepfather looks forward to each edition at this time of year and this 50th anniversary edition is as good as ever
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars big disappointment, 8 Jan 2012
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Zsolt Perko (Nagykanizsa, Hungary) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Patrick Moore's Yearbook of Astronomy 2012: 50th Anniversary Edition (Hardcover)
The yearbook was a big disappointment for me. The 50-year anniversary would have been much more colorful and exciting. A lot of missing information, which can be found in other yearbooks. (Sunrise, Sunset, Moonrise, Moonset, calendar, etc.). The hard board because the book is difficult to handle. Uncomfortable in your hand. Article section is good,but the first part I am not satisfied.It should be seen in the German yearbook of the more colorful, better quality paper is printed, with much more information, diagrams and tables in it.
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