Patrick Moore's Yearbook of Astronomy 2012: 50th Anniversary Edition Hardcover – 18 Nov 2011
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`I warmly commend this new edition - and long may it continue!'
--Richard McKim, The Observatory Magazine
About the Author
SirSir Patrick Moore is the world's best-known living astronomer, and has written more than 60 books on the subject. 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. Professor John Mason MBE is a world authority on astronomy. He has co-edited the Yearbook of Astronomy with Patrick Moore for more than ten years.
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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.
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!!
All in all, I would have no hesitation in recommending this book.
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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