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ISBN:0521585058
Author: Gary W. Kronk
ISBN13: 978-0521585057
Title: Cometography: Volume 2, 1800-1899: A Catalog of Comets
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Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1 edition (December 8, 2003)
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Cometography: Volume 2, 1800-1899: A Catalog of Comets by Gary W. Kronk



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Cometography: A catalog of comets Volume 2: 1800–1899. by Gary W. Kronk Cambridge University Press, 2004. In this mission the book succeeds, giving the discovery details, when the object was last seen, its closest passage to the Earth and the calculated path as well as the designation and name. Although the sections for each comet do include a certain amount of technical detail such as the orbital elements and absolute magnitudes, the appeal for many

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It draws from the most reliable orbits known to pinpoint the exact location and path of each comet.

Volume 142, Issue 2. March 2005, pp. 222-223. xiii+837 pp. Cambridge, New York, Melbourne: Cambridge University Press.

It comes in four self-contained sequential volumes and this, the first, covers ancient times through to the end of the eighteenth century. Cometography uses the most reliable orbits known to determine all the key parameters of each well observed comet.

Congratulations to Gary Kronk on a lifetime of scholarly achievement. Contemporary Physics, J. McFarland. Cometography is a catalog of every comet observed throughout history. Cometography comes in four self-contained sequential volumes and this, the first, covers ancient times through to the end of the eighteenth century. This book supersedes the first part of Kronk's excellent earlier guide to comets.

Volume 2 of the four-volume catalog of comets observed throughout history provides a complete summary of every comet seen during the nineteenth century. It includes details of discovery, closest approaches to the Sun and Earth, path across the sky, physical descriptions, orbital information, and final observations. The catalog provides amateur and professional astronomers, and historians of science, with a definitive reference on comets through the ages. Also available: Volume 1: Ancient-1799 1999 0-521-58504-X $95.00 C
Reviews: 2
Dori
The documentation of the scholarly research in this series is very well done.
PC-rider
This book supersedes the first part of Kronk's excellent earlier guide to comets. It offers a complete list of comets and possible cometary sightings up to 1799; for each comet he summarises the available observations. The author has made extensive searches through Chinese, Babylonian and European sources, many of which are hard to come by. Many of the earlier entries are very short and repetitive, but that's the nature of the scanty observations. He quotes orbital elements whenever they are available; he is undiscriminating here, as many of these elements are so dubious that they are excluded from the standard catalogues. The nature of the observations changes dramatically over time, from quaint references to broom stars to careful telescopic observations by great observers like Messier and Herschel. It will be interesting to see if Kronk can keep up the same standard in later volumes when more recent comets, observed with ever more sophisticated equipment and even space probes, must be discussed.