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The heavens on fire : the great Leonid meteor storms

Author: Mark Littmann
Publisher: Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1998.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The years 1998, 1999, and 2000 offer the last chance people on Earth will have for a century to see the most spectacular of all meteor showers, the Leonids." "With the returning Leonids now reaching their peak of activity, The Heavens on Fire tells the story of meteors, and especially the Leonids, whose terrifying beauty established meteor science. Mark Littmann traces the history and mythology of meteors; profiles  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Mark Littmann
ISBN: 0521624053 9780521624053
OCLC Number: 40221861
Description: x, 349 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Contents: ch. 1. Night the stars fell --
ch. 2. Sifting --
ch. 3. Struggling to understand meteors --
ch. 4. November meteors in history --
ch. 5. Critics attack --
ch. 6. Discovery of the August meteors --
ch. 7. 1866: the first predicted return --
ch. 8. Meteor-comet connection --
ch. 9. Meters for meteors --
ch. 10. coming fire shower: 1899 --
ch. 11. World's safest fireworks display: 1932 --
ch. 12. New horizons in meteor science --
ch. 13. Surprise: 1966 --
ch. 14. Killer comets and dis-asteroids --
ch. 15. Catch a falling star --
ch. 16. Prospects for 1998, 1999, and 2000 --
ch. 17. Journey of a meteoroid.
Other Titles: Great Leonid meteor storms
Leonid meteor storms
Responsibility: Mark Littmann.

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"The years 1998, 1999, and 2000 offer the last chance people on Earth will have for a century to see the most spectacular of all meteor showers, the Leonids." "With the returning Leonids now reaching their peak of activity, The Heavens on Fire tells the story of meteors, and especially the Leonids, whose terrifying beauty established meteor science. Mark Littmann traces the history and mythology of meteors; profiles the fascinating figures whose discoveries advanced the field; examines the danger to Earth from meteors, comets, and asteroids; and explores how meteors have changed the course of life on Earth. He offers advice on how and where to make the best of the 1998, 1999, and 2000 return of the Leonids."--Jacket.
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