Night Has a Thousand Eyes : A Naked-Eye Guide to the Sky, Its Science, and Lore

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Night Has a Thousand Eyes : A Naked-Eye Guide to the Sky, Its Science, and Lore

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  • 製本 Hardcover:ハードカバー版/ページ数 301 p.
  • 言語 ENG
  • 商品コード 9780306457906
  • DDC分類 520

基本説明

New in paperback. Hardcover was published in 1998.

Full Description


Do you sometimes wonder why the sky at dusk is filled with color, or how the moon controls the tides? Why do stars twinkle and planets don't? Interested in refining your star-gazing techniques? You don't need any special equipment to marvel at the beauty of the universe, and Night Has a Thousand Eyes will place the cosmic within your grasp.If you want to know why werewolves only come out at night, are curious about twilight, the seasons and their causes, our solar system, light and darkness, weather, stars and latitude, the moon, light pollution, and the planets, this is the book for you. Filled with science and lore, with references to myths, legends, and "high" and popular culture, this "naked-eye" guide -- no telescope required -- demystifies the celestial in accessible, instructive, and entertaining prose. Night Has a Thousand Eyes is the perfect resource for amateur astronomers and meteorologists of all ages -- city, suburban, and country folk alike -- who pause to enjoy sunsets and identify constellations on a starry night. Illustrated throughout with photographs, sky charts, and diagrams.

Table of Contents

Foreword                                           ix
Introduction 1 (4)
I The Starry Skies 5 (94)
1 Getting Acquainted with the Changing Sky 5 (6)
2 In Praise of Twilight 11 (8)
3 The Big Dipper and the Constellations of 19 (12)
the Northern Sky
4 The Summer Sky and the System of Stellar 31 (10)
Magnitudes
5 The Summer Sky, Part 2 41 (12)
6 The Stars of Autumn 53 (8)
7 The Stars of Winter 61 (14)
8 The Stars of Winter, Part 2 75 (4)
9 The Stars of Spring 79 (8)
10 The Southern Stars 87 (12)
II The Wanderers--Sun, Moon, Planets 99 (174)
11 The Brightness of the Night Sky 99 (14)
12 The Downside of Light 113(4)
13 The Moon 117(22)
14 Chiaroscuro 139(8)
15 The Planets 147(10)
16 The Outer Limits 157(6)
17 Calamity! 163(8)
18 the Last Return 171(8)
19 The Seasons 179(10)
20 About Time 189(8)
21 Ellipse 197(4)
22 A Tale of Two Stars 201(12)
23 What Ayla Saw 213(8)
24 How Well Do We Know How Far They Really 221(6)
Are?
25 Motions, Then and Now 227(14)
26 The Age of Aquarius 241(10)
27 Stonehenge and a Tower in Rhode Island 251(14)
28 New Life for Life on Other Worlds 265(8)
Afterword 273(4)
Appendix I: The Brightest Stars 277(4)
Appendix II: The Telescope 281(2)
Appendix III: Suggestions for Further Reading 283(2)
Acknowledgments 285(2)
Index 287