Constellations

A Field Guide To The Night Sky

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Author: Giles Sparrow

Publisher: Quercus

ISBN: 9781623650889

Category: Science

Page: 320

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Constellations is a guide to the night sky that focuses on these 88 distinctive patterns, revealing their often intriguing storiesâ??their origins, mythology, present-day significance, and the multitude of wondrous objects they contain. Complete with over 300 of the best astronomical images ever captured, a comprehensive introduction to the stars and other celestial phenomena, and a series of newly commissioned, state-of-the-art maps showing the stars that are visible from populated latitudes in both hemispheres throughout the year, this magnificent guide has all you need to know to become an expert stargazer. Step outside on a clear night, and the number of stars in the night sky can be overwhelming. Take a pair of binoculars or a small telescope with you, and a celestial vista of star clusters and clouds, knots of gas and dust, nearby planets and distant galaxies is revealed. Since ancient times, stargazers have made sense of the night sky by grouping its stars into constellationsâ??star patterns that often have symbolic or mythological meanings.

100 Things to See in the Night Sky

From Planets and Satellites to Meteors and Constellations, Your Guide to Stargazing

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Author: Dean Regas

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1507205058

Category: Nature

Page: 224

View: 1807

"Discover what you can find with a small telescope or your naked eye!"--Cover.

Cosmos

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Author: Giles Sparrow

Publisher: Booksales

ISBN: 9781905204298

Category: Photography

Page: 224

View: 8844

The largest ever (42 cm x 35 cm) fully illustrated guide to the universe from our home planet to the edge of space and time.Our view of the universe covers at least 130 billion trillion kilometers (80 billion trillion miles) in every direction around us. We know that the magnificent vault of stars emblazoning Earth's night skies are an infinitesimal fraction of the hundreds of billions that inhabit our galaxy, and we know there are at least as many galaxies in the universe as there are stars in the Milky Way. Cosmos makes sense of this dizzying celestial panorama by exploring it one step at a time and by illustrating the planets, moons, stars, nebulae, white dwarfs, black holes and other exotica that populate the heavens with over 450 of the most spectacular and up-to-date photographs and illustrations. We begin at home, with an orbital survey of planet Earth, before venturing deeper into the solar system via the Moon, Venus, Mercury, the Sun and Mars. Crossing the asteroid belt takes us into the outer solar system and the realm of the gas giants Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune. Beyond Neptune's orbit we encounter a graveyard of icy debris left over from the solar system's formation that marks the outer limits of the Sun's sphere of influence. Emerging in interstellar space, we head for the heart of our galaxy as the rhythms of stellar life unfold before our eyes: we pass through dark clouds of dust and gas ablaze with clusters of newly smelted stars, we watch dying stars bloom and fade as planetary nebulae, or tear themselves apart as supernovae. Navigating through thick swarms of stars, we reach the galactic core, a gravitational maelstrom of exotic stars in the thrall of a supermassive black hole.Having crossed the Milky Way, we enter intergalactic space. Out here we watch the hidden lives of galaxies: we see them tear their companions apart or devour them whole, we see them flock and cluster, forming massive conglomerations that span millions of light years and warp space with their tremendous gravity. As we press ever deeper into the cosmos, so we travel further back in time. After covering an almost unimaginable 13.4 billion light years, we approach the edge of space and the dawn of time where our voyage must end, but not before we consider how our universe was born, and how it might die.

It's Raining Frogs and Fishes

Four Seasons of Natural Phenomena and Oddities of the Sky

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Author: Jerry Dennis

Publisher: Diversion Books

ISBN: 0989333191

Category: Nature

Page: 265

View: 8952

It's Raining Frogs and Fishes is a generously illustrated inquiry into wonders of the sky: Why is the sky blue? Where do meteors originate? What causes rainbows, mirages, and the colors of the sunset? Why do some birds and insects migrate, and how do they navigate over hundreds or thousands of miles to do it? How have civilizations throughout history viewed the aurora borealis, tornadoes, eclipses, and the bizarre but well documented cases of fish, reptiles, snails, and even snakes that have rained to earth? Author Jerry Dennis and illustrator Glenn Wolff approach such questions with curiosity and wit, and suggest ways to observe first-hand extraordinary weather, astronomical anomalies, and odd and interesting wildlife of the skies. This updated edition of the national bestseller is a spellbinding look into the natural world's most fascinating and baffling phenomena, with illustrated explanations of rainbows, meteors, sunsets, hurricanes, the northern lights, bird and insect flight, and dozens of other curiosities. Subjects are arranged by season, and each is discussed in a concise and entertaining style that blends the most recent scientific findings with historical anecdotes, personal observations, and examples of the lore and superstitions that have always surrounded phenomena of the skies. PRAISE: “Amusing and illuminating…This writer-artist team shines a bright and lovely light on nature.” —Los Angeles Times “Charming, informative, humorous, and scholarly… embraces wind and weather, the sun, the moon and stars, the seasons of the year and the effect of these things on the denizens of this planet. It is a delight.” —Nelson Bryant, columnist for The New York Times "Vastly entertaining, valuable... Makes natural history so much fun the reader is sucked from paragraph to paragraph, page to page, chapter to chapter.” —St. Louis Post-Dispatch "This delightful look at nature...is a cornucopia of fact and lore. Wit, humor, wonder, and reverence spice and season the vignettes herein. It's Raining Frogs and Fishes reminds adults — especially in this hectic, fast-paced, just-do-it world — that it is more than OK, it is desirable, to be child-like and to look up at the heavens and ask why." —Toledo Blade

Cambridge Guide to Stars and Planets

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Author: P. Moore,W. Tirion

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521585828

Category: Nature

Page: 256

View: 4020

Presents an introduction to astronomy for the amateur stargazer, covering the sun, the moon, the planets, solar system debris, galaxies, constellations, and recent discoveries

Peterson First Guide to Rocks and Minerals

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Author: Frederick H. Pough

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 9780395935439

Category: Nature

Page: 128

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Shows and identifies more than a hundred of the most common rocks and minerals, explains how rocks and crystals are formed, and looks at rock formations

Night Sky With the Naked Eye

How to Find Planets, Constellations, Satellites and Other Night Sky Wonders Without a Telescope

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Author: Bob King

Publisher: Page Street Publishing

ISBN: 1624143113

Category: Science

Page: 224

View: 1960

Understand and Enjoy the Wonders of the Stars with Fun Activities for the Whole Family Gain a deeper appreciation of the universe and our place in it with Night Sky with the Naked Eye. Learn how to spot the International Space Station, follow the moon through its phases, forecast an aurora and watch a meteor shower along with traditional night sky activities such as identifying the bright planets, stars and constellations. Fun activities embrace modern technology with the best apps and websites that make it easy for anyone to observe the greatest spectacles of the sky without a telescope or other expensive equipment. An expert in his field, Bob King teaches night sky courses and makes cosmic mysteries practical and accessible for skywatchers new and old. Understand what makes stars twinkle and where meteors come from in this complete guide to the heavens. Unique illustrations and stunning photos help the reader understand the concepts presented. Tips on how to photograph satellites, eclipses and the aurora are also included. Unravel the secrets of the universe while deepening your appreciation of its beauty through this clear and concise guide.

A Field Guide to California and Pacific Northwest Forests

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Author: John C. Kricher

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 9780395928967

Category: Nature

Page: 378

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A detailed guide brings to life the beauty, inhabitants, and various kinds of trees and plants of the Sierra Nevada forests, the California forests, the Pacific Northwest forests, and the boreal forests of Canada and Alaska. Original.

The Field Guide to Natural Wonders

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Author: Keith C. Heidorn,Ian Whitelaw

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1408154811

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 224

View: 5635

The Field Guide to Natural Wonders is an engaging and beautifully presented guide to nature's most theatrical and mysterious events. From optical phenomena, such as rainbows and light pillars, to celestial phenomena like eclipses and the aurora borealis, it explores a wide range of rare natural events, describing each one in detail and explaining the science behind them in simple, non-technical terms.

A Field Guide to Rocky Mountain and Southwest Forests

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Author: John C. Kricher

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 9780395928974

Category: Nature

Page: 374

View: 4873

Describes the different kinds of forests found in the southwestern United States and identifies and describes the plants and animals found in each habitat