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on 25 November 2012
This is the 2013 Edition of our favourite astronomical almanac; as always edited by Sir Patrick Moore. Here is a detailed description of the contents:
1. The usual star charts drawn for +52N (London) and -35S (Cape Town, Sydney) latitudes.
2. A few pages about "The Planets and the Ecliptic", "Phases of the Moon in 2013", "Longitudes of the Sun, Moon and Planets in 2013" and "Some Events in 2013".
3. The observer's monthly notes (January to December) enriched as always with additional scientific and historical notes that are hard to find elsewhere:
January: A Serendipitous Discovery (Galileo's observations of Neptune), Oppositions of the Planets
February: Asteroid's Near Miss (Asteroid 2012 DA14 2013 close approach), A Remarkable Procession of Meteors (1913 Canada fireballs), The Power of the Naked Eye
March: A Naked Eye Comet (Comet C/2011 L4), The Old Moon in the New Moon's Arms, Ursa Major - the Great Bear
April: Goodbye to Orion, The Meaning of Magnitude
May: The Sooty Star (R Coronae Borealis), The Earliest British Amateur Astronomer
June: 47 Tucanae, Seeing Stars from the Bottom of a Well
July: The Star in the Indian Bowl (1054 Supernova), The Hunt for Phobus (Russian space probe)
August: The Celestial Harp (Lyra), The Mysterious Nova (Barnard's nova?)
September: The Loveliest Double Star (Albireo), The Baroness and the Supernova (S Andromedae)
October: Transferred Stars (Celestial cartography), The Far Side of the Moon
November: A Most Unusual Solar Eclipse, The Equatorial Sky
December: The Moon Illusion, Zeta Phoenicis
4. A few pages about "Eclipses in 2013", "Occultations in 2013", "Comets in 2013", "Minor Planets in 2013", "Meteors in 2013" and "Some Events in 2014".
5. The "Article Section" that comes in handy when it's cloudy out there! The articles are the following:
ALMA: The World's Most Complex Telescope
The Dawn Asteroid Mission
Digital Meteor Imaging
Will Hay: Entertainer and Amateur Astronomer
The Supernova That Won't Go Away
The Lescarbault Legacy
Touring the Subatomic Universe
Storms on Saturn
Johannes Hevelius (1611-1687): Instrument Maker, Lunar Cartographer and Surveyor of the Heavens
6. A few pages about "Some Interesting Variable Stars", "Mira Stars: Maxima, 2013", "Some Interesting Double Stars", "Some Interesting Nebulae, Clusters and Galaxies" and a list of "Astronomical Societies in the British Isles".
Once again, 5 stars. Although it lacks the eye candy of most modern day "astronomy books", this one has superb content and is written by the best writers on the subject.
UPDATE: It is sad to hear the loss of Britain's greatest amateur astronomer. Thank you Sir for the beautiful voyage through the starry skies of our world...