Observing our Solar System :A Beginner's Guide

Observing our Solar System

Observing our Solar System :A Beginner's Guide

Published: 1 September, 2022
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The sights in our Solar System are dynamic reminders of our planet's position as part of a larger neighbourhood. Study the ever-changing face of the Moon, watch the steady march of the planets against the stars, witness the thrill of a meteor shower, or the memory of a once-in-a-generation comet.

In a few short generations, scientists have taken us from wondering about the nature of the Solar System to exploring every corner of it with advanced robotic probes, and inexpensive but powerful telescopes have become ubiquitous, allowing all of us to follow in the footsteps of Galileo as explorers.

In this guide, you will learn how the Solar System came to be understood - from ancient theories of its mechanics to the modern age of remote sensing, We'll then look at the significant targets for amateur astronomers - the Moon, Sun and planets - to see how they can be explored by eye and with telescopes. We'll discuss some of the more obscure but fascinating worlds, including asteroids and dwarf planets, and dazzling special events, such as meteor showers, conjunctions, occultations and eclipses.

The Royal Observatory, Greenwich is the home of Greenwich Mean Time and the Prime Meridian of the World, making it the official starting point for each new day and year.

Tom Kerss is a London-based freelance astronomer, astrophotographer, writer and speaker, specialising in the rewarding task of connecting people to their shared universe.

Type Book
ISBN 9780008532611
Number Of Pages 112
Item Weight 270 g
Product Dimensions 148 x 210 x 7 mm
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers
Format Paperback