Drawing on his vast knowledge and direct experience of most of the key events in astronomy and space exploration during this century, Patrick Moore takes a sideways look at the historical reports and contemporary thought behind a wide range of astronomical topics. The Wandering Astronomer presents his personal accounts of the towering characters of 20th-century astronomy, intriguing facts about puzzling astronomical phenomena, and amusing stories about the quirkier side of astronomy and space exploration. This collection of essays covers everything from the case of vanishing planets to UFOs over Selsey. Entertaining and informative, it will be enjoyable reading for both seasoned and amateur astronomers as well as general science readers. About the Author Author and broadcaster Patrick Moore is a lunar specialist who makes observations from his home in Selsey on most clear nights. He has written more than 100 books, and for the past 43 years he has presented BBC TV's Sky at Night program without missing a single episode. Moore served in the RAF during WWII and has been involved in astronomy since he was a boy.
In 1967 he was awarded the OBE for his services to astronomy, and in 1988 he received the CBE. He also recently received a knighthood in the New Years Honours list.
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UK Kirkus Review »
Astonomer Patric Moore is simply an instition. Seemingly ever present (his Sky at Night television programme has run for an extraordinary 43 years!) even his unconventional tailor seems to endure every change in fashion unpretured. Institution he may be, expert he surely is - despite always describing himself as an amateur - prolific author. Many of his books are, in a sense, straightforward in that they rarely address issues such as the latest perspective on cosmology. But if you want to know about the planet Mars, say, then Moore will doubtless have a book about it; and a good one too. This latest volume contains more than 40 essays. It is his third such compendium and has the author puts it 'no plan at all'. The essays are unconnected, some comment on historic reports, while some focus on contemporary thought. All reflect personal style and he is not afraid to include quirky or amusing commentary along the way. Whether the subject is Saturn's mysterious eighth moon, or lunar craters he finds something interesting, and often new, to say. A clear glossary of terms used throughout the book will help those taking an interest for the first time. Now out in paperback, this will delight those with a regular interest in astronomy and is a must for fans. (Kirkus UK)
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