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Meteors and Meteorites: Origins and Observations Paperback – 1 Feb 2006

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: The Crowood Press Ltd (1 Feb. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1861268254
  • ISBN-13: 978-1861268259
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 1.1 x 23.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,396,163 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The earth is bombarded both day and night by meteoroids and meteorites. These wayward bodies - small fragments derived from ageing comets and the collisions between asteroids - are observed in the Earth's upper atmosphere as meteors [shooting stars] and brilliant fireballs. Written with the amateur astronomer in mind, the topics covered in this book include: step-by-step guidance on visual observation and analysing data; practical projects demonstrating how the observer can gather scientifically useful data; instructions on how to photograph meteor trails and how to video meteoroid impact flashes upon the Moon; fireball detection systems and designs for meteor detection systems using radio receivers; advice on how to look for and identify meteorites; step-by-step instructions on starting a micrometeorite collection.

About the Author

Martin Beech is Associate Professor of Astronomy at Campion College, the University of Regina, in Saskatchewan, Canada. He is chairperson of the Meteorites and Impacts Advisory Committee [MIAC] to the Canadian Space Agency, and is a contributing editor to the Journal of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada.

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