Handbook of Practical Astronomy

pp 309-571

Earth and Solar System

  • Klaus ReinschAffiliated withInstitut für Astrophysik
  • , Michael DelfsAffiliated with
  • , Elmar JunkerAffiliated withFakultät für Angewandte Natur- und Geisteswissenschaften, FH Rosenheim
  • , Peter VölkerAffiliated with
  • , Günter D. RothAffiliated with
  • , Christine TreichelAffiliated with
  • , Hermann BöhnhardtAffiliated withMax-Planck-Institut für Sonnensystemforschung
  • , Felix SchmeidlerAffiliated with
  • , Christoph LeinertAffiliated withMax-Planck-Institut für Astronomie

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The objects of the Solar Systen are justifiable favorite targets for amateur observers. The conditions of visibility, the methods and tools are for observing Sun, Moon, and Plantes are comprehensive described in this Chapter. Moreover you will find detailed informations on Eclipses, Transits, Occulations, Satellites, Asteroids, Comets and Meteors. Notes on Noctilucent Clouds, the Aurorae, and the Zodiacal Light are given. The Terrestrial Atmosphere and its effects on astronomical observations are outlined.