The Journal of the British Astronomical Association
Volume 107, No.6: 1997 December
List of Contents
On this page: Notes and News / Articles / Letters / Reviews / Meetings / BAA Update
Notes and News
Cassini launch is 'picture-perfect' /
Comet prospects for 1998 / From the new President / Water, water everywhere - even on the Sun / Chi Cygni - a 100+ year BAA record in the VSS database / Aurora Section / Solar Section / Jupiter in 1997: an interim report / Venus - a mystery unresolved /
An eruptive solar prominence in H-alpha
Voyages South ... Jonathan Shanklin
During the course of my work with the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) I have made several voyages to the Antarctic, travelling on the Royal Research Ship Bransfield and shorter voyages on the RRS James Clark Ross and HMS Endurance. My time at sea and on land has given me many opportunities to view interesting atmospheric and astronomical phenomena of the southern hemisphere. (pp. 307-310)
Combined annual solar activity report, 1980-1989. (Part II: 1988-1989) ... Bruce Hardie
A continuation of the report presented in the October Journal (107(5), 246) in which solar activity for the years 1980 to 1987 was described. (pp. 311-320)
The Jack Ells APT at Trottiscliffe: Results summary 1993-1995 ... Roger Pickard
Since the last report on the Jack Ells Automatic Photoelectric Telescope (operated by Crayford Manor House Astronomical Society) the 21.5cm aperture F4 instrument equipped with a 'JEAP' photometer has continued to produce some excellent results. Yearly reports have appeared in the Variable Star Section's Circulars and a summary of those reports is presented here. (pp. 321-324)
When London viewed the southern skies:
The reception of Sir John Herschel's Cape Results ... S. William Ruskin
The year 1997 marks the 150th anniversary of the publication of Sir John Herschel's comprehensive astronomical survey of the southern hemisphere, Results of Astronomical Observations Made During the Years 1834, 5, 6, 7, 8, At the Cape of Good Hope; Being the Completion of a Telescopic Survey of the Whole Surface of the Visible Heavens, Commenced in 1825 (hereafter Cape Results). The book was published in London in 1847; the scientific communities of both Europe and America eagerly anticipated its appearance. It was reviewed by a number of leading scientists in some of the most prominent intellectual journals of the day. In light of this 150th anniversary, this paper will look at some of these reviews to reveal how the Cape Results was received by Herschel's fellow scientists, as well as how it may have been received by the literate public. (pp. 325-331)
Equinoxes and solstices on Uranus and Neptune ... Jean Meeus (p. 332).
Centenaries for 1998 ... Barry Hetherington (p. 346-347).
(Copies of any of these articles may be requested from the BAA office.)
- The Isaac Roberts telescope ... Robert Katz
- Donald Campbell ... Philip Marriage
Read the letters here (4.3 Kb)
Mars and the Development of Life by Anders Hansson
Wiley/Praxis, 1997. ISBN 0-471-96605-3 (hbk), 0-471-96606-1 (pbk). Pp xx + 198, £45.00/£19.99).
reviewed by John H. Rogers (5.0 Kb)
- Big Bang - the Story of the Universe by Heather Couper & Nigel Henbest
Dorling Kindersley, 1997. ISBN 0-7513-5492-9. Pp 45 (large format), £9.99 (hbk)
reviewed by Roger O'Brien
- Exploration of Terrestrial Planets from Spacecraft by Yuri Surkov
Wiley/Praxis, 1997. ISBN 0-471-96429-8. Pp xxiv + 446, £85.00 (hbk).
reviewed by Peter Cattermole
- Advanced Amateur Astronomy by Gerald North
Cambridge University Press, 1997. ISBN 0-521-57407-2 (hbk), 0-521-57430-7 (pbk). Pp xiii + 400, £55.00/£18.95.
reviewed by Martin Mobberley (3.1 Kb)
- Yerkes Observatory, 1892-1950: The Birth, Near Death, and Resurrection of a Scientific Research Institution by Donald E. Osterbrock
University of Chicago Press, 1997. ISBN 0-226-63945-2. Pp x + 384, £31.95 (hbk).
reviewed by R. A. Marriott
- Astronomy Through the Ages: The story of the human attempt to understand the Universe by Robert Wilson
Taylor & Francis, 1997. ISBN 0-7484-0748-0. Pp xv + 302, £19.95 (hbk).
reviewed by Jon Reynolds
- Exhibition Meeting, 1997 June 28
- Meeting of the Variable Star Section, 1996 October 5
- The Scottish Astronomers' Weekend, 1997 September 12-14
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