COMETS! VISITORS FROM DEEP SPACE
By David J. Eicher
Foreword by David H. Levy
208 pp., paper, Cambridge University Press, New York, 2013, ISBN 978–1–107–62277–7
Join David J. Eicher on this fast-paced and entertaining journey through the history, present, and future of these important yet mysterious cosmic bodies. From ancient times, humans have been fascinated by “broom stars” and “blazing scimitars” lighting up the sky and moving against the fixed background of stars. The Great Comets of our time still receive in-depth attention — ISON, Hale-Bopp, Hyakutake, West, and others — while recent spacecraft encounters offer amazing insight into the earliest days of the solar system.
In this guide you will discover the cutting-edge science of what comets are, how they behave, were they reside, how groups of comets are related, and much more. The author carefully explores the ideas relating comets and life on Earth — and the danger posed by impacts. He finishes with practical how-to techniques, tips, and tricks of observing comets and even capturing your own images of them successfully.