Drawing on his vast knowledge and direct experience of most of the key events in astronomy and space exploration during this century, Patrick Moore takes a sideways look at the historical reports and contemporary thought behind a wide range of astronomical topics. The Wandering Astronomer presents his personal accounts of the towering characters of 20th-century astronomy, intriguing facts about puzzling astronomical phenomena, and amusing stories about the quirkier side of astronomy and space exploration. This collection of essays covers everything from the case of vanishing planets to UFOs over Selsey. Entertaining and informative, it will be enjoyable reading for both seasoned and amateur astronomers as well as general science readers.
About the Author
Author and broadcaster Patrick Moore is a lunar specialist who makes observations from his home in Selsey on most clear nights. He has written more than 100 books, and for the past 43 years he has presented BBC TV's Sky at Night program without missing a single episode. Moore served in the RAF during WWII and has been involved in astronomy since he was a boy. In 1967 he was awarded the OBE for his services to astronomy, and in 1988 he received the CBE. He also recently received a knighthood in the New Years Honours list.
Table of Contents
The Atmosphere of the Moon. The Man Who Discovered a Planet. Moon in Shadow. The Zodiacal Intruder. Fishing Hipparcos Down. The Past and Future Moon. Visitor to the Acres Vallis. Harvest Moons, Wolf Moons and Blue Moons. The Cosmic Zebra. Flying Saucers in Selsey. Gene Shoemaker. The Blackness of Mathilde. Hitch-Hider and Others. Ice on the Moon?. Mira Stella. The Case of the Vanishing Planets. Poetic Moons. A Lightning Decision!. The Strange Case of SS Lacertae. How the Lunar Craters Weren't Formed. The Lonely Brown Dwarf. Sister Marie and Others. To Catch a Comet. Curious Callisto. A year on Icarus. The Lighter Side of Space. Alshain. Names in the Sky. Travel to the Stars?. Ghost Moons. Ripples of Creation. "Des Res" on Mars?. The Edge of the Moon. The Sad Case of Dr Elliott. Fast Lane to Pluto. Life Can Appear but Will it!. Thatcher's Comet. Apocalypse Postponed. The Star in the East. It was in the Papers!. Caribbean Eclipse.
"… contains something for everyone to enjoy."
"A very good read."
" … is a delightful potpourri of serious history, unfology-bashing, and everything in between … Quite how Patrick retains such an enormous fund of stories is beyond me. Long may he continue to do it, though."
-The Observatory Magazine
"This collection of 41 short essays by Patrick Moore is a really enjoyable read. The essays range from serious scientific discussions of astronomical problems to amusing tales of unbelievable events, and cover the whole spectrum of astronomy from early times to the present day. Both practitioners and amateurs will find the book of considerable interest."
-Aslib Book Guide
"This latest book is simply a collection of essays on a wide range of astronomical topics and people, so that it makes an ideal gift for any budding young astronomer. Its format is such that it can be put on one's own bedside table ready to be picked up for a quick read on a cold winter's night … Buy it."
-Colin Gray, MNASSA, Vol. 59, Nos. 9 and 10
"I can thoroughly recommend this entertaining and informative book to professionals and non-professionals alike."
-Nick Lomb, Sydney Observatory Powerhouse Museum, Australia