Comets in the Post-Halley Era

In Part Based on Reviews Presented at the 121st Colloquium of the International Astronomical Union, Held in Bamberg, Germany, April 24–28, 1989

  • R. L. NewburnJr.
  • M. Neugebauer
  • J. Rahe

Part of the Astrophysics and Space Science Library book series (ASSL, volume 167)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Observing Techniques and Interpretation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. D. K. Yeomans
      Pages 3-17
    3. D. Jewitt
      Pages 19-65
    4. Martha S. Hanner, Alan T. Tokunaga
      Pages 67-91
    5. H. A. Weaver, H. P. Larson, M. J. Mumma
      Pages 93-106
    6. T. Encrenaz, R. Knacke
      Pages 107-137
    7. Paul D. Feldman
      Pages 139-148
    8. J. Crovisier, F. P. Schloerb
      Pages 149-173
    9. Imke de Pater, Patrick Palmer, Lewis E. Snyder
      Pages 175-207
    10. S. M. Larson, S. J. Edberg, D. H. Levy
      Pages 209-223
  3. Laboratory Studies and Simulations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 225-225
    2. G. Strazzulla, R. E. Johnson
      Pages 243-275
    3. E. Grün, A. Bar-Nun, J. Benkhoff, A. Bischoff, H. Düren, H. Hellmann et al.
      Pages 277-297
    4. Kh. I. Ibadinov, A. A. Rahmonov, A. Sh. Bjasso
      Pages 299-311
  4. Comets, Origins, and Evolution

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 333-333
    2. Bertram Donn
      Pages 335-359
    3. Tetsuo Yamamoto
      Pages 361-376
    4. Tobias Owen, Akiva Bar-Nun, Idit Kleinfeld
      Pages 429-437
    5. Joseph N. Marcus, Margaret A. Olsen
      Pages 439-462
    6. Paul R. Weissman
      Pages 463-486
    7. J. A. Fernández, W.-H. Ip
      Pages 487-535
    8. Bruce A. Mcintosh
      Pages 557-591
    9. Karen J. Meech
      Pages 629-669
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 671-688

About this book


Comets are always very impressive phenomena. Their appearances at regular, but mostly irregular, times excite people who see them. Astronomers have the obvious advantage of being able to see more of comets, and to study them. Their enthusiasm is reflected in the 50 papers in this book, written by more than 90 experts.
The reviews in this book clearly describe a landmark in the history of cometary studies. Knowledge gathered up to and including Comet Halley are presented in two volumes. The first volume is about general aspects of observing and studying comets, where they originate and how their evolution develops.
The second volume goes into the details of what a comet is: the nucleus, the coma, cometary dust, plasmas and magnetic fields. The book ends with a reflection by Fred Whipple about Comets in the Post-Halley Era.
The book discusses all aspects of comets and is therefore suitable for use in graduate level courses. All astronomers and geophysicists interested in comets will find very useful and well-presented information in this book.


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Editors and affiliations

  • R. L. NewburnJr.
    • 1
  • M. Neugebauer
    • 1
  • J. Rahe
    • 2
  1. 1.Jet Propulsion LaboratoryPasadenaUSA
  2. 2.NASA HQWashingtonUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic Publishers 1991
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-010-5494-2
  • Online ISBN 978-94-011-3378-4
  • Series Print ISSN 0067-0057
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