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Quest for Comets

Code: KMM0120
Auteurs: David H. Levy
ISBN: 380725266
Uitgever: Harper Perennial
Uitgegeven: 1/sep/95
Korte beschrijving: Levy is a young astronomer's Michael Jordan: he discovers comets where professional astronomers have looked before and found nothing. His 20-odd discoveries are sufficient authority to support this general survey of current theory and comet history. The headliner comet is his 1988 discovery, Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9, a decaying body due to enter the atmosphere of Jupiter sometime in midsummer 1994. The putative result will be impact explosions on Jupiter, perhaps visible as a flash in earth's night sky. Certainly the "crash" of Shoemaker-Levy 9 will create a media frenzy, and Levy here attends to the Armaggeddon questions this event will raise in popular science headlines, in layperson's language, including the comet catastrophe theories. He has created a highly readable version of a planetarium comet program, with comet watchers' astronomy tips thrown in at the end. Levy is entitled to tell the story of Shoemaker-Levy 9, if not the larger role of comet astrophysics, and in any case his successes as an amateur will launch a thousand younger readers' careers in astronomy.