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by Jean Meeus,
6.00" by 9.00", 430 pages,
hardbound, published 2002, 3 Lbs. ship wt.,
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Like the highly acclaimed Mathematical Astronomy Morsels and Mathematical Morsels III, Mathematical Astronomy Morsels IV and Mathematical Astronomy Morsels V, More Mathematical Astronomy Morsels discusses a wide range of celestial configurations, cycles, and curiosity that Roger Sinnott observed in his Foreword to the first Morsels were “things almost impossible to find by paging through almanacs or scrolling through time with a computer's planetarium program.”

Some of these new subjects have been suggested by readers and friends, while others were inspired by actual (sometimes fictive) astronomical events, such as the so-called brightest Full Moon of December 1999, the recovering of asteroid Albert in May 2000, the long-duration lunar eclipse of July 2000, or the coming perhelic oppositions of Mars in August 2003.

Altogether 75 different subjects are covered under six categories: The Moon, Eclipses and Occultations, Planetary Motions, Planetary Phenomena, On the Celestial Sphere, and Varia.

Table of Contents

Notes on Dates and Time Reckoning
THE MOON
    The Harvest Moon
    About the Moon's elongation
    The age of the Moon
    The duration of the lunation
    About the Metonic Cycle
    Extreme perigees and apogees of the Moon
    The brightest Full Moon and the phase effect

ECLIPSES AND OCCULTATIONS
    The calculation of solar eclipses
    Three special annular solar eclipses
    The number of total solar eclipses per year
    Solar eclipses and calendar months
    Solar and lunar eclipses at a given place
    Total solar eclipses per country
    Three total solar eclipses in a short interval
    Painted Globe
    Long eclipseless periods
    Total solar eclipses of long duration
    About the smallest "single" solar eclipse
    Is a non-central annular-total solar eclipse possible?
    The extinction of total solar eclipses
    Solar eclipses: Duos and Double Duos
    Christmas eclipses
    The Wednesday enigma
    Lunar eclipses of long duration
    Lunar eclipses on Easter Sunday
    Simultaneous occultations of planets
    Occultations of deep-sky objects during a total lunar eclipse
    Occultations of bright stars by planets
    Occultations of bright stars by minor planets
    Mutual occultations of planets
    Mutual occultations of minor planets
    Eclipses of the satellites of Saturn

PLANETARY MOTIONS
    Long-period variations of the orbit of the Earth
    Long-period variations of the orbit of Venus
    Long-period variations of the orbit of Mars
    Mars' closest approaches to Earth
    The recovery of Albert
    Cruithne, an asteroid with a remarkable orbit
    Evolution of two cometary orbits
    The motion of a satellite with respect to the Sun

PLANETARY PHENOMENA
    About some planetary conjunctions
    About the Venus-Jupiter conjunctions
    Close planet-star conjunctions
    The Jupiter-Regulus conjunctions
Venus and the Pleiades
    Planetary groupings
    Illuminated fraction and greatest elongation
    Transits of Mercury - panoramas and partial transits
    Jupiter without satellites, 1600-1799
    On the changing aspect of Saturn's ring
    Equinoxes and solstices on Uranus and Neptune
    Transits as seen from Pluto

ON THE CELESTIAL SPHERE
    Sun and horizon
    About the shortest day
    Culmination and meridian transit
    The greatest variation of the altititde
    Pole and constellations
    Zodiacal constellations
    Precession, aberration & Co.
    Proper motions and star patterns
    All five planets simultaneously
    Venus as evening and morning star

VARIA
    The Gregorian calendar and the tropical year
    Some special astronomical phenomena during the 21st century
    The shortest and the longest twilight
    The day of the year - a mathematical joke
    Approximations
    The effect of DeltaT on astronomical calculations
    The Simplex method and the least distance between two
      planetary orbits
    Astronomical anomalies?
    Some popular misconceptions
    Incorrect definitions
    Planets and radio disturbances
    Peculiarities about minor planet names
    About sunspot activity

Index

About The Author

Jean Meeus, born in 1928, studied mathematics at the University of Louvain (Leuven) in Belgium, where he received the Degree of Licentiate in 1953. From them until his retirement in 1993, he was a meteorologist at Brussels Airport. His special interest is spherical and mathematical astronomy. He is a member of several astronomical associations and the author of many scientific papers. He is co-author of Canon of Solar Eclipses (1966), the Canon of Lunar Eclipses (1979) and the Canon of Solar Eclipses (1983). His Astronomical Formulae for Calculators (1979, 1982, 1985 and 1988) has been widely acclaimed by both amateur and professional astronomers. Further works, published by Willmann-Bell, Inc., are Elements of Solar Eclipses 1951-2200 (1989), Transits (1989), Astronomical Algorithms (1991), Astronomical Tables of the Sun, Moon and Planets (1983 and 1995), Mathematical Astronomy Morsels (1997) and More Mathematical Astronomy Morsels (2002). For his numerous contributions to astronomy the International Astronomical Union announced in 1981 the naming of asteroid 2213 Meeus in his honor.