Sky Phenomena

A Guide to Naked Eye Observation of the Heavens

Norman Davidson

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Out of print

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Covering the whole spectrum of earth-centred astronomy, this guide to basic sky lore and naked eye observation of the night sky shows what can be seen with the unaided eye.

Format:
paperback
Size:
250 x 180 mm
Publisher:
Floris Books
Subject:
Astronomy; Philosophy of the Natural World
Illustrations:
illustrated
Extent:
208 pages
ISBN:
9780863151682
Publication date:
01 Jun 1993

Description

Covering the whole spectrum of earth-centred astronomy, this guide to basic sky lore and naked eye observation of the night sky shows what can be seen with the unaided eye. It leads the reader from the stars as seen from Earth, through the sun, moon, planets to the Copernican revolution, comets and meteors. The text includes mythological and historical aspects of the subject, as well as numerous exercises for the student and an account of the sky in the southern hemisphere. The last chapter contains a collection of poetry about the stars from ancient India to modern times. There are also appendices dealing with future astronomical events, technical data, materials and publications.

Reviews

'An excellent introduction to the sky for the general public.'
-- Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics

'Refreshingly original work.'
-- Sky and Telescope

Author

Norman Davidson was born in Edinburgh in 1933. He was a journalist in the UK for ten years, writing on social and cultural events. He was a Waldorf school teacher for sixteen years, teaching astronomy, geometry, history, and literature. He has been director of Teacher Training at the Waldorf Institute of Sunbridge College in Chestnut Ridge, New York. Mr. Davidson lectures on astronomy and cultural topics, and is the author of Astronomy and the Imagination, a companion to Sky Phenomena.

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