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I Publish My Second Book On Comet ISON, Hopefully The Comet Of The Century, This Time A ‘Quick Reference’ For Busy Folks.

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As I was writing the the first book on ISON I realized that it was too detailed for today’s always in a hurry, habitually time-challenged folks. I was, however, not going to carve up the first book because somebody will find all that detail useful. But, I knew I had to do a Reader’s Digest ‘condensed book’ version of it. So, that is what this 2nd Comet ISON book is about: a cut-to-the-chase, mainly in bullet-point form, Quick Reference for busy people.

It was also designed to be as conducive as possible for mobile device small screen perusal. As such it is like an APP for Comet ISON. Keep it tucked away inside a smart phone (e.g., iPhone or Android) or a pad and whip it out anytime one wants information about ISON, such as dates, times, speeds etc.

My very artistic sister-in-law, Leanne Davis Caires did the original artwork for the cover. As far as I know this is the FIRST ISON specific artwork — and it is for sale. Check out Leanne’s Etsy craft store.

Remember Kindle reader apps are available for ALL devices, including PCs.
See below.


New, Quick Reference book. Click to access Amazon description and Look Inside.

New, Quick Reference book. Click to access Amazon description and Look Inside.


Click to access book description at Amazon.com

Click to access book description at Amazon.com


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Click to get FREE Kindle reading APP from Amazon for whatever device you have whether it be iAnything, PC, Android, Palm etc. etc.

Click to get FREE Kindle reading APP from Amazon for whatever device you have whether it be iAnything, PC, Android, Palm etc. etc.



I Finally Worked Out How To Have An Amazon #1 Best Seller. Give It Away For Free And People Will Snap It Up!

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Related posts:
>> 3 Day, FREE promotional offer of ‘Comet ISON’ Kindle ebook
>>Apr. 15, 2013.

>> Kindle eBook On Comet ISON, C/2012 S1 (ISON),
>> ‘The Great Comet Of 2013′ by Anura Guruge — Apr. 11, 2013.


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Click to access Amazon.com list.

 



But, I also got this by e-mail from an American lady, ex-Hampton Beach, NH,
now living in Italy,

who found me via my pope work.

“Hi, I’ve already read a little over a quarter of the ISON book. I cannot believe you have to give your books away ! I HATE technical books…(I was a compliance officer for a bank and had to read regulations constantly). Your book reads like a story. I would pay for this in a minute! Your style is very easy to read. If I had ever heard your voice I would probably be able to imagine you talking. Man, it kills me when I think of books for which I have paid that were not written a fraction as well.”

In the end, this is why, I, like so many writers of yore, write.
While fame and fortune would be nice, in the end we feel we have a story to tell and want to tell that story.
If you can, in addition, enrich the life of one other person, that alone is worth it. 



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54,000 word book. That is 100 letter size pages.

Look Inside capability available on Amazon.

Comet ISON Kindle eBook Available FREE From April 15 to April 18, 2013 On Amazon. ‘The Great Comet Of 2013’ by Anura Guruge. Normally $3.99.

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Related post with Table Of Contents:
>> Kindle eBook On Comet ISON, C/2012 S1 (ISON), 
>> ‘The Great Comet Of 2013′ by Anura Guruge — Apr. 11, 2013.


Just a one time, 3 day introductory offer to get the ball rolling.
Go get it now before the promotion expires April 18, 2013.

IF you post a review I will send you an autographed copy of the book’s cover
by e-mail or mail.


Click to access Amazon.com description.

Click to access Amazon.com description.


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54,000 word book. That is 100 letter size pages.

Look Inside capability available on Amazon.

I Just Published An eBook On ‘Comet ISON’, C/2012 S1 (ISON), ‘The Great Comet of 2013’. Paperback In A Few Months.

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Click to access book description at Amazon.com



I had to get this book out before the Comet, covering millions of miles a day, got ahead of me.

I started working on it on December 29, 2012, when Deanna forwarded an e-mail from one of her cousins about the comet. That e-mail just had a link. And, as soon as I read the newspaper article about it (per that link), in the British ‘The Independent’, I knew I had to write about this comet. I felt it was destined in my stars — as they would say in Sri Lanka. I had been working for over a year on a book on asteroids. So the transition was pretty easy. I was working on that book when I got the e-mail. I just saved that book. Opened a new copy of it, and used it as the template for the new book. Yes, I started writing that day itself. I don’t mess around.

I finished the text of the book on March 29, 2013. So exactly 3 months to write 50,000(+) words — and I had the 5 weeks of craziness with the papal transition, during which I did publish 3 other Kindle eBooks.

So, yes, this is my 4th book in 2013. I did three books in 2011 and was getting worried that I would never equal that again.

Lot more yet to be done.

Yes, a companion blog, ‘Comet ISON‘, went live just now! What can I say. I was in sales and marketing for better part of my life. But, today was stressful. 

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We Saw C/2011 L4 (Pan-STARRS) Tonight From Alton, New Hampshire, Through Binoculars, Thanks To Heads Up From Dave Eagle.

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>> Update on 2013 ISON & Pan-STARRS … — Apr. 6, 2013.
>> Last ‘Pan-STARRS’ post — Mar. 17, 2013.


C/2011 L4 (Pan-STARRS) fron New Hampshire

C/2011 L4 (Pan-STARRS) seen with binoculars from Alton, NH, on April 6, 2013. Click to ENLARGE.


Dave Eagle, in an e-mail this morning, gave me a heads up that C/2011 L4 (Pan-STARRS) is still visible (though I am not sure whether it is still naked eye). Per Dave, and he would know, it will be close to ‘M31‘ — i.e., Andromeda.

It was more of less where I told you to look this morning. I used those same instructions, which were: For us in New England, that would be low in the Northwest sky around 8 pm. I think trees will be the problem for us. From what I can see from my trusty Sky Charts our best bet would be to start with The Pleiades (the easy to spot ‘Seven Sisters’/Subaru cluster). They (i.e., The Pleiades) should be close to West around 8 pm. Then start scanning North from there. With luck you should be able to spot the ‘W’, the upside down crown, of Cassiopeia. M31, and hence the comet, should be below Cassiopeia.

Beautiful night for admiring the firmament. Not a cloud in the sky. The cold air making everything bright and crisp. We started off on a cleared, abandoned housing estate site close by but it didn’t have enough elevation. So headed up Prospect Mountain Road to the very top. Got to see two delightful porcupines frolicking on the road. Yes, we stopped and watched. Then we turned into Ridge Road at the end of Prospect and parked right at the zenith, off the road. Now we were above the tree line. We used Google Sky Map on a Google Nexus 7 Android 7″ pad to fine tune our direction. Great App. Very easy to use. bang, Right there. Deanna could hold it up and match Cassiopeia with what is in the sky. That helps.

I started scanning with a pair of old, very old, Carl Zeiss, 10x50W binoculars. Took me a while. But then I saw it and I said: ‘WOW’! No escaping it. When you see it you know that that is different. It was rewarding. I saw Hale-Bopp, C/1995 O1, most nights for nearly a month in 1997. That made an indelible impression. I also saw Kohoutek, C/1973 E1, faintly, in 1974, after spending days clambering up hillocks in The Mumbles, near Swansea, Wales, with like minded fellow students from the University, spread over 4 months. That was dedication. C/2011 L4 was better.

Deanna thinks it is the first comet she has seen. She is not sure whether she saw Hale-Bopp. She was thrilled. She too went: ‘Wow’. It was, of course, a first for Devanee. Teischan wasn’t interested.

So this was a nice, welcome warm-up for C/2012 S1 (ISON) later this year. That should, with luck, be more spectacular. 


Where C/2011 L4 was in the heavens when we saw it. It was pretty far away. Click image to access NASA JPL prbital data.

Where C/2011 L4 was in the heavens when we saw it. It was pretty far away. Click image to access NASA JPL prbital data.


Update On Comets C/2012 S1 (ISON) & C/2011 L4 (Pan-STARRS)

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>> Last ‘Pan-STARRS’ post — Mar. 17, 2013.


Click to access NASA video and article.

Click to access NASA video and article.


C/2012 S1 (ISON), the ‘2013 holiday’ comet that will be at its peak in November – December 2013, could end up being the great comet of 2013‘, ‘the comet of the century‘ or even the ‘once in a civilization comet‘.

But, comets love to tease and beguile. So this is still a tad to early to get any hopes up. The comet having passed Jupiter’s orbital path around March 17, 2013 is 4.22 AU [392.3 million miles] away. If it successfully weathers its perihelion around the Sun on Thursday, November 28, 2013 [yes, Thanksgiving] , it will be an order of magnitude closer as it rushes by Earth at a 39.9 million mile separation on Boxing Day, 2013. There is a 20% chance that it might get fragmented or zapped as it is classed a ‘sungrazer‘ since it will skim by just 723,683 miles from the Sun’s surface.

From NASA JPL. Click to access. You will need working Java. It is at the top. Click on [show orbital diagram]. Good test to see if you indeed have the latest & greatest Java on your computer. I have Java just for this application.

From NASA JPL. Click to access. You will need working Java. It is at the top. Click on [show orbital diagram]. Good test to see if you indeed have the latest & greatest Java on your computer. I have Java just for this application.


Dave Eagle, in an e-mail this morning, gave me a heads up that C/2011 L4 (Pan-STARRS) is still visible (though I am not sure whether it is still naked eye).

Per Dave, and he would know, it will be close to ‘M31‘ — i.e., Andromeda. So, for us in New England, that would be low in the Northwest sky around 8 pm. I think trees will be the problem for us. From what I can see from my trust Sky Charts our best bet would be to start with The Pleiades (the easy to spot ‘Seven Sisters’/Subaru cluster). That should be close to West around 8 pm. Then start scanning North from there. With luck you should be able to spot the ‘W’, the upside down crown, of Cassiopeia. M31, and hence the comet, should be below Cassiopeia.

Last night we had a perfect viewing night, if not for the bitter cold wind. Tonight might be better. So, lets try and get out there and have a look. Binoculars might help.

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