- Hardcover: 804 pages
- Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1 edition (September 25, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0521853494
- ISBN-13: 978-0521853491
- Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 1.7 x 9.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,530,277 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Meteor Showers and their Parent Comets 1st Edition
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"...a veritable encyclopedia of past and current meteor studies. Though intended for professional astronomers... the text remains accessible to amateurs with a keen interest in meteor showers."
Sky and Telescope
"All known meteor showers are identified, accompanied by fascinating details on the most important showers and their parent comets. The book predicts when exceptional meteor showers will occur over the next fifty years, making it a valuable resource for both amateur and professional astronomers."
Mercury, Spring, 2007
"...a good book for beginners, amateurs, and researchers interested not only in meteors, but also in the evolution of solar system minor bodies. The text provides an overall introduction to the origin of meteoroids and their direct applications to the study of their parent objects." --The Meteoritical Society
"The tour de force of the book is the extensive set of tables, which includes predictions for expected meteor outbursts, and these will be of great benefit to the amateur observer...a compulsory aid to planning when and where to take your next astronomical holiday." --Journal of the British Astronomical Association
"the reader will find inserts chronicling the author's own experiences in meteor observing, some ending in frustration and disappointment, others crowned by the elation of success. These gold nuggets add a welcome 'novel' quality to the text that is often lacking in efforts of this size and scope...this book provides the community with something that it has so far lacked: a concise, comprehensive, and up-to-date reference textbook on the subject of meteor showers and their origins. At the same time, the unassuming style of writing makes it accessible to the non-specialist looking to broaden his or her horizons." --The Observatory
"The work which went into this volume is phenomenal...a must have for any reseracher in meteor science, and should appear in the library of institutions that teach and research in cometary, meteor or more generally planetary science...this book will make a lasting impact on the field of meteor science." --R.L. Hawkes: Springer Book Review
"As I continued to read, I felt as though the author had invited me to sit down with him in his study so he could share his passion, joy, and excitement of what he and others have learned about meteors and comets. ... I heartily recommend Dr. Jenniskens' book for either your personal or your institution's library. It will provide much helpful information for many years to come." - The Planetarian
This unique handbook for astronomers explains how meteoroid streams originate from the decay of meteoroids, comets and asteroids, and how they cause meteor showers on Earth. The author identifies all known meteor showers and also predicts when exceptional meteor showers will occur over the next 50 years.
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Would not recommend it for those who are just getting started with meteors showers or someone casually interested in the subject. Book is full of information resulting from intensive research and boldly predicts many meteor outbursts. Of course, some of the predictions have much more confidence than others, but there are few, if any, other books of its kind in print. As such, it is extremely useful and valuable.
Plenty of discussion of comets and meteor showers and the creation, evolution, and characteristics of meteoroid streams is given. Jenniskens also relays many personal stories in the text, and his passion for the subject is clear.
I'm absolutely astounded by the enormous amount of work that must have gone into creating this book! It is simply an amazing work that should be in every library and on every meteor enthusiast's shelf -- because you'll be going back to it again and again for the rest of your life!
(Note: This is probably not the right meteor book for youngsters just getting to know this wonderful science and hobby, however. The charts, graphs, and mathematics are a little overwhelming for beginners.)
Pete Bias (author of Meteors and Meteor Showers, an Amateur's Guide to Meteors)