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

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Cambridge University Press, Sep 26, 2002 - Nature - 360 pages
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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. Naylor 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 assuming only basic scientific knowledge, Out of the Blue is for everyone who enjoys being outdoors and who feel curious or puzzled about things optical and astronomical. John Naylor was born in England, but spent his childhood in Peru. A graduate of London University with a degree in philosophy, he teaches physics at a secondary school in London.
 

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Contents

Shadows
29
Mirages
50
Sunset and sunrise
64
Rainbows
88
Coronae and glories
127
Atmospheric halos
136
The night sky
157
The Moon
171
Eclipses
219
Planets
240
Stars
258
Comets and meteors
282
Technical and practical advice for skygazing
300
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JOHN NAYLOR has been fascinated by the night sky since he was a child growing up in Peru, and by the daytime sky as an adult. He went to London University to study engineering and philosophy, and now teaches physics at a secondary school in London.

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