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Author Grego, Peter.
Title Mars and how to observe it / Peter Grego.
Imprint New York, NY : Springer, 2012.

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Author Grego, Peter.
Series Astronomers' observing guides, 1611-7360
Astronomers' observing guides.
Subject Mars (Planet) -- Observers' manuals.
Mars (Planet) -- Popular works.
Description 1 online resource : illustrations (some color).
polychrome rdacc
Contents Part 1. Our current knowledge of Mars -- Fourth Rock from the Sun -- History of the Red Planet -- Stuff and Substance -- Atmospherics, Meteors, and Magnetic Field -- The Martian Moons -- A Topographic Survey of Mars -- Part 2. Observing Mars -- Mars and How to Observe It -- A Tour of Mars Through the Eyepiece -- Recording Mars -- Observer's Guide to Martian Apparitions 2012-2022 -- The Mars Observer's Equipment.
Summary Annotation Mars, popularly known as the Red Planet because of its distinct color, is visible with the naked eye and is one of very few planets in the Solar System in which it is possible to see weather phenomena and surface features and thus is a favorite for amateur and practical astronomers. Commercially made telescopes can reveal its dusty surface markings, brilliant polar ice caps, and atmospheric phenomena. Many of Mars's features appear to change shape and intensity with the seasons: its polar caps grow and shrink cyclically, clouds billow above the Martian surface, and sometimes great dust storms obscure vastsections of the planet. The first part of Mars and How to Observe It sets out our current knowledge of Mars as a planet - its orbit, physical characteristics, evolution over time, and current geology. A planet-wide tour of Mars's topography is featured, along with clearly labeled maps and close-up images of a variety of features. The second part of the book explains how amateur and practical astronomers can observe Mars successfully. Many aspects are considered in depth, including preparing to observe, calculating phase and tilt, and making observational sketches and drawings. Thereare also plenty of details about how best to make high-resolution CCD images. Since Mars changes in its apparent size in the sky according to its position in relation to Earth, it is best observed during its closestapproaches. Future apparitions (appearances of the Red Planet) are therefore featured.
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 221-224) and index.
ISBN 9781461423027 (electronic bk.)
1461423023 (electronic bk.)
ISBN/ISSN 9786613711830
OCLC # 795715539
Additional Format Print version: 9786613711830

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