** by Jean Meeus,
6.00" by 9.00", 430 pages,
hardbound, published 2002, 3 Lbs. ship wt.,
$24.95.
**

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
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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.