The Journal of the British Astronomical Association
Volume 107, No.4: 1997 August
List of Contents
On this page: Notes and News / Articles / Letters / Reviews / Meetings / BAA Update
Notes and News
Saturn in 1996
Meteors in August / Saturn Section / From the President / Solar Section / Aurora Section / Mars 1996-97: fourth interim report
The Presidential Address 1996: Amateur observatories (pp. 177-185) ... Maurice Gavin
The comets of 1991 ... J. D. Shanklin
This report is the second in the annual series which gives for each comet: the discovery details, orbital data and general information, magnitude parameters and BAA Comet Section observations. It continues the series which last appeared in the Journal in 1950, with irregular notes appearing until the early 1960s. Observational reports were published in the Comet Section newsletter Isti Mirant Stella from 1973 to 1987 and a couple of papers were published in the Journal in the early 1980s. Further details of the analysis techniques used in this report are given in an earlier paper. Ephemerides for the comets predicted to return during the year can be found in the International Comet Quarterly Handbook. (pp. 186-199)
Faint-image detectivity: CCD versus film ... R. J. Neville
Experiments are presented which extend the results of a previous investigation of photographic emulsion detective efficiency to include a modern example of a charge-coupled device (CCD) imaging system. A modified, variable-contrast test object was developed in order to demonstrate fully the marked superiority of the electronic system in detecting faint stars against foreground night sky light pollution. (pp. 199-203)
A comparison of images from Lunar Orbiter IV and Clementine ... Ivor Clarke
With a new data set now available from the recent Clementine lunar mission of 1994 February to April, is it possible that the older Lunar Orbiter photographs are now no longer useful and are an out of date resource? (pp. 204-210)
Only the first four asteroids ... David W. Hughes
One of the reasons why nobody seriously bothered to look for asteroids in the second and third decade of the nineteenth century was the biblical suspicion that a large planet, when disrupted, would break up into only four pieces; and these four pieces had already been discovered. (pp. 211-213)
(Copies of any of these articles may be requested from the BAA office.)
- A model depicting some astronomical features of Stonehenge ... H. Robert Mills
- German town takes the lead against skyglow ... Bob Mizon
- A rare Jovian satellite event, 21-22 September ... Terry Moseley
- Comet Hale-Bopp and planetary encounters ... Alan K. Welch
- Identification of solar-spectrum lines ... R. F. Griffin
- The Great Westminster Clock ... Peter Macdonald
Read the letters here (xxx Kb)
Historical Eclipses and Earth's Rotation by F. Richard Stephenson Cambridge University Press, 1997. ISBN 0-521-46194-4. Pp xvi + 557, £95.00 (hbk).
reviewed by J. Eric Jones (xx Kb)
- The NASA Atlas of the Solar System by Ronald Greeley & Raymond Batson Cambridge University Press, 1997. ISBN 0-521-56127-2. Pp 370, large format (46 × 31 cm), £90.00 (hbk).
reviewed by David Graham
- Comets and the Origin and Evolution of Life by Paul J. Thomas, Christopher F. Chyba and Christopher P. McKay (Eds) Springer-Verlag, 1996. ISBN 0-387-94650-0. Pp xiii + 296, £23.00 (hbk).
reviewed by Mark E. Bailey (xx Kb)
- Eyes on the Universe - The Story of the Telescope by Patrick Moore
Springer-Verlag, 1997. ISBN 3-540-76164-0. Pp viii + 114, £9.95 (pbk).
reviewed by Hazel McGee
In Search of Planet Vulcan by Richard Baum & William Sheehan Plenum Press, 1997. ISBN 0-306-45567-6. Pp xiv + 310, $28.95 (hbk).
reviewed by Patrick Moore (xx Kb)
- Electronic imaging in astronomy: detectors and instrumentation by Ian S. McLean Wiley/Praxis, 1997. ISBN 0-471-96971-0 (hbk), 0-471-96972-9 (pbk). Pp xxx + 472, £60.00 (hbk).
reviewed by R. J. Neville
- The Correspondence of John Flamsteed, First Astronomer Royal: Volume Two, 1682-1703 by Eric G. Forbes, Lesley Murdin & Frances Willmoth (Eds.) Institute of Physics Publishing, 1997. ISBN 0-7503-0391-3. Pp xlvii + 1095, £140.00 (hbk).
reviewed by Terry Mahoney
- Ordinary Meeting, 1997 February 22
- Ordinary Meeting, 1997 March 26
An image sequence showing almost a full rotation of the nucleus of comet Hale-Bopp. Taken with a Starlight Xpress CCD between 19.00 UT on 1997 March 28 and 04.50 UT on March 29. Each image is approximately 2 arcminutes wide. (Shown at the March 26 meeting by Terry C. Platt).
- Obituary: Reginald Gordon Andrews, 1903-1996
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