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Meteor succeeded meteor in such rapid succession that it was impossible to count them; at times the sky seemed full of them, and the earth was illuminated as with a morning light. Eye-witness accounts such as this, and every spectacular detail of the Leonids, the greatest meteor showers of all, can be found in the acclaimed The Heavens on Fire. In this volume, author Mark Littmann vividly tells the history of meteors, and especially the Leonids, whose terrifying beauty established meteor science. He traces the history and mythology of meteors, profiles the fascinating figures whose discoveries advanced the field, and explores how meteors have changed the course of life on Earth. Crisp illustrations capture the excitement of past meteor showers and help elucidate important concepts. The returning Leonids are now reaching their peak with great activity expected in 1999 and 2000. For all those who wish to take part in this rare experience, Littmann offers advice on how and where to find the best view. Filled with practical tips, clear explanations, and descriptions of a sight that more than one observer has called "brilliant beyond conception," The Heavens on Fire will delight every reader. Mark Littmann teaches astronomy at the University of Tennessee. His previous books include Comet Halley: Once in a Lifetime and Planets Beyond: Discovering the Outer Solar System. Both books were chosen by the Astronomical Society of the Pacific as Astronomy Books of the Year.

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Imagine the night sky so full of shooting stars that the firmament itself seems to be crashing to Earth. The Heavens on Fire vividly tells the history of meteors, especially the spectacular Leonid showers. Publication coincides with the peak activity in mid-November, when swarms of a thousand meteors an hour may be seen. The great founding scientists, the history of meteors, and the dangers posed to Earth are all lucidly introduced. Advice is also given on how to make the best of the forthcoming Leonid shower.

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Highly readable account of meteors, especially the spectacular Leonid showers, due in mid-November.

Table of Contents

1. The night the stars fell; 2. Sifting; 3. Struggling to understand meteors; 4. The November meteors in history; 5. The critics attack; 6. The discovery of the August meteors; 7. 1866: the first predicted return; 8. The comet-meteor connection; 9. Meters for meteors; 10. The coming fire shower - 1899; 11. The world's safest fireworks display - 1932; 12. New horizons in meteor science; 13. Surprise - 1966; 14. Killer comets and dis-asteroids; 15. Catch a falling star; 16. Prospects for 1998, 1999, and 2000; 17. The journey of a meteoroid; Glossary; Notes; Bibliography; Index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780521779791
Author:
Littmann, Mark
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Location:
Cambridge :
Subject:
Astronomy
Subject:
Comets
Subject:
Meteors
Subject:
Meteors -- November.
Subject:
Astronomy - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
1st pbk. ed., updated.
Series Volume:
#98-213
Publication Date:
19990931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
360
Dimensions:
9.69x6.87x.68 in. 1.59 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , Imagine the night sky so full of shooting stars that the firmament itself seems to be crashing to Earth. The Heavens on Fire vividly tells the history of meteors, especially the spectacular Leonid showers. Publication coincides with the peak activity in mid-November, when swarms of a thousand meteors an hour may be seen. The great founding scientists, the history of meteors, and the dangers posed to Earth are all lucidly introduced. Advice is also given on how to make the best of the forthcoming Leonid shower.
"Synopsis" by , Highly readable account of meteors, especially the spectacular Leonid showers, due in mid-November.
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