Contents

Preface

Part 1: A mystery of Geisei Observatory

Part 2: An encounter at the haunted house

Part 3: The first viewing of the sunspots

Part 4: Halley's Comet and a Dream

Part 5: Halley's Comet and Ryoma

Part 6: A strange story of Halley's Comet (1)

Part 7: A strange story of Halley's Comet (2)

Part 8: A star-loving lady in a wheelchair

Part 9: Under the Southern Cross

Part 10: A memory of Comet Okabayashi-Honda

Part 11: Large aperture telescopes and comet seekers

Part 12: Around the time "The Martian Army" arrived

Part 13: About comets

Part 14: Memorable Comet Cunningham

Part 15: "The Moon over the Ruined Castle"

Part 16: The teacher I revered most disappeared on the Chinese continent

Part 17: Mr. Okamoto and the stars

Part 18: Mr. Okamoto and a book about the stars

Part 19: The stars and the spirit of guitar

Part 20: A Genius, an ordinary person, and me

Part 21: Letters from comet hunters

Part 22: Strange stories of comet seekers

Part 23: My memories of Comet Honda

Part 24: Dream and reality

Part 25: The principles of a comet hunter

Part 26: What one old star atlas tells us

Part 27: The story of the "star" of Champion

Part 28: A planetarium and a submarine 1

Part 29: A planetarium and a submarine 2

Part 30: A planetarium and a submarine 3

Part 31: Ryoma's fate

Part 32: The star in the year the war ended 1

Part 33: The stars in the year the war ended 2

Part 34: The stars over Mauna Kea 1

Part 35: The stars over Mauna Kea 2

Part 36: Memorable Comet Ikeya-Seki

Part 37: Strange stories of Comet Ikeya-Seki 1

Part 38: Strange stories of Comet Ikeya-Seki 2

Part 39: Strange stories of Comet Ikeya-Seki 3

Part 40: At a Sunday market

Part 41: The person I met on New Caledonia

Part 42: When Halley's Comet was in the Milky Way 1

Part 43: When Halley's Comet was in the Milky Way 2

Part 44: Memorable Comet Honda

Part 45: A miraculous discovery of Comet Kojima

Part 46: A spy camera and I, part 1

Part 47: A spy camera and I, part 2

Part 48: The stars on the night of the Great Air-raids

Part 49: The song "Hamabenouta"

Part 50: Whereabouts of the tsunami rescue boat "Kotengo", part 1

Part 51: Whereabouts of the tsunami rescue boat "Kotengo", part 2

Part 52: Comet Crommelin and Mr. Masamitsu Yamazaki, part 1

Part 53: Comet Crommelin and Mr. Masamitsu Yamazaki, part 2