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The comet Hale-Bopp book : guide to an awe-inspiring visitor from deep space

Author: Thomas A Hockey
Publisher: Shrewsbury, MA : ATL Press, ©1996.
Series: Frontiers in astronomy and earth science, vol. 1.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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A fascinating introduction to the recently discovered Comet Hale-Bopp that will soon burst onto the celestial scene. The comet will be one of the most-studied and perhaps brightest. It arrives on the heels of other recent comets in the year of the comet. Hockey's book fills the long-standing demand for a guidebook that helps everyone gripped by comet-fever appreciate this spectacular event. It is written in a lucid  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Thomas A Hockey
ISBN: 1882360141 9781882360147 188236015X 9781882360154
OCLC Number: 36404072
Description: ix, 175 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 23 cm.
Contents: Introduction --
What comets are all about --
Roller-coaster comets --
Comet crashes --
The Hale-Bopp tale --
Watching Hale-Bopp --
Spying on Hale Bopp.
Series Title: Frontiers in astronomy and earth science, vol. 1.
Responsibility: Thomas Hockey ; with a foreword by Thomas Bopp.

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A fascinating introduction to the recently discovered Comet Hale-Bopp that will soon burst onto the celestial scene. The comet will be one of the most-studied and perhaps brightest. It arrives on the heels of other recent comets in the year of the comet. Hockey's book fills the long-standing demand for a guidebook that helps everyone gripped by comet-fever appreciate this spectacular event. It is written in a lucid style for a non-technical readership. Biographical details and first-person quotes from Alan Hale and Thomas Bopp, among others, humanize the science behind the comet and capture the feel of what could well-be the astronomical event of the decade. The book provides the reader with charts and tables to locate and observe the comet. Hockey tells the story of the comet's discovery, astronomer's reaction to it, and their preparation for its arrival. It also discusses other famous comets, including Comet Halley, Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 and Comet Hyakutake, and their significance.

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