Moore on Mercury: The Planet and the Missions (Paperback)CBE, DSc, FRAS, Sir Patrick Moore (author)
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In his inimitable, easy-going style, Patrick Moore describes Mercury. He writes of the professional astronomers who have observed it over the centuries, amateur observations, and the past, present and future space missions to this extraordinary world. In doing so he has written the most up-to-date book about Mercury for amateur astronomers. Mercury is one of the more difficult objects for astronomers to observe because of its close proximity to the Sun. However, amateur astronomers can see the planet and its ever-changing phases all year, and sometimes watch it transit the Sun - the next transit is in November 2006, followed by one in May 2016.
Publisher: Springer London Ltd
Number of pages: 139
Weight: 336 g
Dimensions: 235 x 155 x 10 mm
Edition: 2007 ed.
From the reviews:
"Because it is never very far from the sun in our sky, Mercury is one of the least studied planets, by amateurs or professionals. Astronomer Moore's compact book ... provides a concise summary of some of mercury's unique properties. ... The book summarizes that mission and offers a mini-atlas of the planet's surface and a short prospectus for the Mercury Messenger mission on its way now. ... General readers; lower-division undergraduates; two-year technical program students." (T. D. Oswalt, Choice, Vol. 45 (1), 2007)
"Moore on Mercury provides the reader with a concise summary of all things Mercurian on the eve of this historic encounter. ... it provides an excellent introduction to the planet, and the author does a fine job of placing our study of this world in its proper historical context." (Brendan K Ward, Astronomy and Space, May, 2007)
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