|Title:||The heavens on fire : the great Leonid meteor storms|
|Publisher:||Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 1998|
|ISBN / ISSN / EAN :||521624053|
|Bibliography note:||Includes bibliographical references and index|
|Subjects:||Leonid meteors ; Meteorites|
Imagine a night with the sky full of meteors -shooting stars falling toward the Earth in huge numbers. Imagine the night sky filled with fireballs and brilliant streaks of light as the Earth crashes through a trail of particles lost by an ancient but still active comet. Such nights when the heavens burst with meteors could occur in 1998, 1999, and 2000.
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. In 1966, when they last filled the sky in great numbers, observers reported 40 every second. When this storm blazed in 1833, two widely separated observers described the sight as "the heavens on fire".
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.
Will you be there when the stars fall? "The heavens on fire" will help you see and understand this glorious event in the firmament.
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|Barcode||Call number||Media type||Location||Section||Status|
|005838||QB756.L46 1998||Book||ISU Central Campus library||Closed-stack||Available|