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Philip's Mars Observer's Guide is a practical guide to the Red Planet. In 2003 Mars will be closer to Earth than it has ever been, making this year the best time to start observing this fascinating planet. Aimed at the practical astronomer, the book will tell you all you need to know in order to make the most of this opportunity. Mars will also be a good observational target in 2005 and 2007 for those whose appetites have been whetted in 2003.Philip's Mars Observer's Guide is divided into eight chapters:1. Observing the Red PlanetWhat the book has to offer by way of a practical guide. Why 2003, 2005 and 2007 will be good years for Mars-watching.2. Mars as a planetPhysical and orbital data, including size, composition, apparent retrograde motion and key physical features, such as volcanoes and the polar caps.3. Equipment basicsWhat you will need to observe Mars - telescopes, filters, methods of recording and tips for observing.4. The view from EarthWhat you will be able to see - surface features and atmospheric phenomena as they appear in the eyepiece.5. Mars in 2003, 2005 and 2007What to see when - timetables for each apparition so that Mars can be tracked from its emergence into the morning sky, to its rising progressively earlier each night, brightening as it draws to its closest point to Earth.6. Early observersA short review of the history of Mars observation.7. Space-age MarsPast, present and future missions to the Red Planet.8. Life on Mars?Discussion of an issue that never fails to fascinate.Main map scale:

Philip's Mars Observer's Guide