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David Levy's Guide to Observing Meteor Showers


  • 28 b/w illus.
  • Page extent: 138 pages
  • Size: 247 x 174 mm
  • Weight: 0.298 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 523.53
  • Dewey version: 22
  • LC Classification: QB743 .L49 2008
  • LC Subject headings:
    • Meteors--Observers' manuals
    • Meteor showers--Observers' manuals

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Meteors occur when a meteoroid, a speck of dust in space, enters the Earth's atmosphere. The heat generated when this happens causes the surrounding air to glow, resulting in 'shooting stars'. During the most spectacular meteor storms larger particles give rise to fireballs and firework-like displays! Meteors are a delightful observing field - they do not require a telescope, and they can be seen on any clear night of the year, even in bright twilight. It was the sight of a single meteor that inspired David Levy to go into astronomy, and in this book he encourages readers to go outside and witness these wonderful events for themselves. This book is a step-by-step guide to observing meteors and meteor showers. Any necessary science is explained simply and in clearly understandable terms. This is a perfect introduction to observing meteors, and is ideal for both seasoned and budding astronomers.


Preface; 1. July 4, 1956; 2. What is a meteor?; 3. Some historical notes; 4. Small rocks and dust in space; 5. Observing meteors; 6. Recording meteors; 7. Quadrantids; 8. Lyrids; 9. The Eta Aquarids; 10. The Omicron Draconids; 11. Delta Aquarids; 12. Perseids; 13. The Gamma Pavonids; 14. Orionids; 15. Taurids; 16. Leonids; 17. Geminids; 18. Ursids; 19. Meteor showers throughout the year; Appendix.


David Levy is one of the best known of all observers of comets and meteors. … In this book he gives his personal reminiscences of annual meteors, not only those which are well-known … but also those which are less familiar … There are good introductory pages for the newcomer, but this is not a textbook for the serious observer it is essentially personal - and every shower has its own characteristics. … Levy tells us how exciting meteor observing can be, and I can say, without reservation, that this is one of the most enjoyable books that I've read for a long time.' Patrick Moore, BBC Sky at Night

'Any necessary science is explained simply and in clearly understandable terms for both seasoned and budding astronomers.' Spaceflight

'David Levy's Guide to Observing Meteor Showers clearly shows the author's enthusiasm for the subject, and will hopefully encourage new observers to get involved.' Neil Bone, Astronomy Now

"Highly recommended. ...The autobiographical nature of the narrative serves as a strength of the book, drawing readers into the author's wonder and enthusiasm for watching the night sky for meteors. ...The chapters on observing meteors are particularly strong, with in-depth details and technical advice for sky-watching events. ...All levels of astronomers who are intrigued at the idea of observing meteors will find this guide both a valuable resource and an enjoyable read." - CHOICE

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