The Journal of the British Astronomical Association
Volume 109, No.5: 1999 October
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Notes and News
Three views of totality on 1999 August 11. Top: St Michael's Mount, Marazion, Cornwall (Mary Chibnall); left: Prominences at third contact through cloud at Goonhavern, Perranporth, Cornwall (Glyn Marsh & Denis Buczynski); right: Full corona at Kaliakara, Bulgaria (Grant Privett).
Eclipse observations from Truro School - a preliminary report / 'Everyone was walking around with a permanent smile': Notes from the path of totality, 1999 August 11 / From the President / Rosetta: a scientific keystone / Be ready for the Leonids this November / Officers and Council, 1998-1999
A digitally processed composite of 12 exposures of totality on 1999 August 11. H.J.P. Arnold, at Sivas, Turkey.
The Leonid meteor shower 1981-1997: the rise towards 1998/'99 ... N. M. Bone & S. J. Evans
Interest in the Leonid meteor shower has grown considerably during the 1990s, as the prospect of very strong displays between 1997-2000 has drawn closer. BAA Meteor Section observations have followed the Leonids' activity pattern in the quiet-time years of the 1980s, into the initial rise in rates ahead of the possible major returns, starting in 1994. The 1995 return was particularly well observed from the British Isles under excellent clear skies, with a marked, sharp peak to ZHR about 40 around Nov 18d04h UT. Photographic observations allowed an accurate radiant position to be derived. Conditions were less favourable in 1996, when a broader, high peak (ZHR 40-70) between Nov 17d 03h-13h UT was seen from a few European locations and North America. This activity continued in 1997, but no 'storm' peak has yet shown itself. The returns of 1998/'99 are considered most likely to produce very high Leonid activity. (8 pp)
The building of Fossil Light - a 46cm lightweight Dobsonian reflector ... Martin Lewis
The design and construction of a 46cm lightweight telescope that can be easily transported in a small family car is described. (10 pp)
Neptune 1989-1997 ... Andrew J. Hollis
Observations of Neptune during the period 1989-1997 have been analysed. A mean brightness of magnitude 7.76 +/- 0.19 is derived. Observations of surface detail and Triton are also recorded. (3 pp)
Lunar limb corrections for total solar eclipses ... John Eric Jones
A method is presented of calculating corrections to the contact times of total solar eclipses due to irregularities along the lunar limb. An extension of this method is given for the analysis of a special historical eclipse. (6 pp)
Report of the Council for the session 1998 August 1 to 1999 July 31 (15 pp)
(Copies of any of these articles may be ordered from the BAA office.)
- 'Measurement and analysis of radio emission from the quiet Sun' ... Geoffrey H. Grayer
- Unusual object 1998 DK36 ... Robert H. McNaught
Read the letters here
Mapping and naming the Moon - a history of lunar cartography and nomenclature by Ewen A. Whitaker. Cambridge University Press, 1999. ISBN 0-521-62248-4. Pp xix + 242, £37.50 (hbk).
reviewed by Patrick Moore
- The Moon: Resources, future development and colonization by David Schrunk, Burton Sharpe, Bonnie Cooper & Madhu Thangevelu. John Wiley/Praxis Publishing, 1999. ISBN 0-471-97635-0. Pp. xxxiii + 432, £34.95 (hbk).
reviewed by Peter Bond
Measuring the Universe: The Cosmological Distance Ladder. by Stephen Webb Springer-Praxis, 1999. ISBN 1-85233-106-2. Pp xvi + 342, £24.50 (pbk).
reviewed by Roger O'Brien
- A Skywatcher's Year. by Jeff Kanipe Cambridge University Press, 1999. ISBN 0-521-63405-9 (pbk). Pp. xiv + 189, £11.95.
The Observer's Sky Atlas by Erich Karkoschka (2nd edition). Springer-Verlag, 1999. ISBN 0-387-98606-5 (pbk). Pp. vi + 134, £15.50.
reviewed by Bob Mizon
- Special General Meeting, 1999 March 27
- Ordinary Meeting, 1999 March 27
- Ordinary Meeting, Northampton 1999 April 24
Meeting of the Instruments and Imaging Section, 1999 May 15
Michael Finney assembles and demonstrates his home-made 'cooking stove telescope'. Photo: Maurice Gavin.
Photocopies of articles, or a copy of any recent issue of the Journal may be ordered from the BAA office.
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