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Yearbook of Astronomy 2024 (Paperback)

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By Brian Jones
Imprint: White Owl
Pages: 352
Illustrations: 100 colour illustrations
ISBN: 9781399044011
Published: 2nd August 2023

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Maintaining its appealing style and presentation, the Yearbook of Astronomy 2024 contains comprehensive jargon-free monthly sky notes and an authoritative set of sky charts to enable backyard astronomers and sky gazers everywhere to plan their viewing of the year’s eclipses, comets, meteor showers and minor planets as well as detailing the phases of the Moon and visibility and locations of the planets throughout the year. To supplement all this is a variety of entertaining and informative articles, a feature for which the Yearbook of Astronomy is known. Presenting the reader with information on a wide range of topics, the articles for the 2024 edition include, among others, Recent Advances in Astronomy; Recent Advances in Solar System Exploration; Riccardo Giacconi: X-ray Astronomy Pioneer; Things Fall Apart – Chaos in the Solar System; Communicating From the Edge of the Solar System; Astronomy in Antarctica; Tracking Older Artificial Satellites; Inner Lives of Dead Stars; and A Triumvirate of Telescope Makers – Thomas Cooke, Howard Grubb and Alvan Clark.

This iconic publication made its first appearance way back in 1962, shortly after the dawning of the Space Age. Now into its seventh decade of production, the Yearbook continues to be essential reading for anyone lured and fascinated by the magic of astronomy and who has a desire to extend their knowledge of the Universe and the wonders to which it plays host. The Yearbook of Astronomy is indeed an inspiration to amateur and professional astronomers alike, and warrants a place on the bookshelf of all stargazers and watchers of the skies.

Continuing the tradition begun by John Guy Porter and Patrick Moore over 60 years ago, Editor Brian Jones has produced this excellent latest edition for eagerly-awaiting astronomers both at home and abroad. The book follows the similar format that readers have enjoyed for many years. In an A5 footprint, this handy book contains all the information required to satisfy the astronomical observer for the coming year. If you need to find out something for a particular month, this is the guide for you.

The beginning of the book contains traditionally styled star charts for both Northern and Southern Hemisphere observers, after which the regular Yearbook contributors David Harper and Lynne Stockman have provided detailed information and maps showing the different positions of the major planets throughout the year.

Following the Lunar Phenomena and Eclipses pages, the Monthly Sky Notes provide an observing paragraph for each planet for every month together with apparition charts, compiled by David Harper, for Mercury and Venus. Details of comets, minor planets and meteor showers visible throughout the year are compiled by Neil Norman.

Each month a short article by a popular writer is included to keep the astronomy and space enthusiast occupied on cloudy nights, the authors this year including Neil Norman (The Great Comet Crash of 1994); Jonathan Powell (Cave Art, The Buran Soviet Space Shuttle and the Fate of Beagle 2); David Harper (Chaos in the Solar System); Gary Yule (The History of the Smith-Clarke Reflector); and John McCue (Where are the Sunspots?), to name but a few. The main section of the book follows, and contains articles on a wide range of topics including, among others, Recent Advances in Astronomy; Recent Advances in Solar System Exploration; Riccardo Giacconi: X-ray Astronomy Pioneer; Things Fall Apart – Chaos in the Solar System; Astronomy in Antarctica; Male Mentors for Women in Astronomy; Tracking Older Artificial Satellites; Inner Lives of Dead Stars; and A Triumvirate of Telescope Makers – Thomas Cooke, Howard Grubb and Alvan Clark.

The Yearbook of Astronomy 2024 provides a fantastic all-in-one snapshot for the astronomical observer to plan their observing activities throughout the coming year, and is available from all good booksellers for just £19.99. You can also obtain your copy from a number of online sources, or ordering direct either from the publisher at pen-and-sword.co.uk (UK and Europe) or the US distributor at casemateipm.com (USA and Canada) and searching ‘Yearbook of Astronomy 2024’.

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About Brian Jones

Brian Jones hails from Bradford in the West Riding of Yorkshire and was a founder member of the Bradford Astronomical Society. He developed a fascination for astronomy at the age of five when he first saw the stars through a pair of binoculars, and his interest took him into the realms of writing sky guides for local newspapers, appearing on local radio and television, teaching astronomy and space in schools and, in 1985, becoming a full time astronomy and space writer. He has penned around 20 books to date which have covered a range of astronomy and space-related topics for both children and adults. His passion for bringing an appreciation of the universe to his readers is reflected in his writing.

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