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Out of the Blue: A 24-Hour Skywatcher's Guide

by John Naylor

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Why is the sky blue and why are sunsets red? When can I see a rainbow? Why is the moon sometimes visible in daylight? In Out of the Blue skywatcher John Naylor offers practical advice about where and when you can expect to see natural phenomena, what you will see and how to improve your chances of seeing it. He takes in both the night and the day sky, and deals only with what can be seen with the naked eye. Drawing on science, history, literature and mythology, and written in a popular style that assumes only basic scientific know-how, Out of the Blue is for everyone who enjoys being outdoors and who feels curious or puzzled about things optical and astronomical.… (more)

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This is a fantastic book for anyone interested in the sky. It covers practically every aspect you can think of, and probably some you hadn't. It can at times be slightly technical, but this is off-set by the lovely photos and diagrams, which help explain the theories. ( )
  Tselja | Feb 4, 2010 |
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This book is about things that can be seen in the sky.
Since this book is intended to encourage you to use your eyes, unaided by a telescope, I should begin by saying a few words about the eye.

Our atmosphere is a thin, transparent layer of air, not much more then 100km deep, that separates us from the dark and starry void beyond.
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Why is the sky blue and why are sunsets red? When can I see a rainbow? Why is the moon sometimes visible in daylight? In Out of the Blue skywatcher John Naylor offers practical advice about where and when you can expect to see natural phenomena, what you will see and how to improve your chances of seeing it. He takes in both the night and the day sky, and deals only with what can be seen with the naked eye. Drawing on science, history, literature and mythology, and written in a popular style that assumes only basic scientific know-how, Out of the Blue is for everyone who enjoys being outdoors and who feels curious or puzzled about things optical and astronomical.

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