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Night Has a Thousand Eyes: A Naked-Eye Guide…

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

by Arthur Upgren

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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0306457903, Hardcover)

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.

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Offers an introduction to the night sky, details the stars and planets, and discusses how the sky has influenced the arts, literature, and other sciences. Erudite, entertaining, and educational, this is an excellent introduction to astronomy at its most basic level, that of simple stargazing. Upgren (astronomy, Yale, Wesleyan) enriches his discussion of constellations with reference to myths, historical stories, and works of art and literature related to them. Individual chapters cover the arrangement of the stars in each of the four seasons, as well as the moon and the planets. Additional chapters discuss such topics as astrology; the possibility of extraterrestrial life; and Stonehenge and a tower in Newport, Rhode Island, possibly built by early Viking explorers as a similar astronomical tool.… (more)

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