You go out for a nights observing and look up at the sky. There are all the usual suspects a splattering of stars, the Moon, Venus, maybe Mercury and Mars Perhaps you can identity some of the constellations. If you are using binoculars of a small telescope, you can see many wonders not revealed to the naked eve but still well known to telescope users for centuries.
But what it you look up and see something completely new, something unexplainable. Do your eyes deceive you? Are you really seeing what you think you are seeing? What should you do?
In this tascinating account of the many oddball things people from novice astronomers to certified experts have observed over the years, you will be introduced to a number of unusual and sometimes still unexplainable phenomena occurring in our usually familiar and reassuring skies. What exactly did they see? What discoveries followed these unusual sightings? What remains unexplained?
In addition to the accounts, you will find scattered throughout the book a number of suggested astronomy protects that you can do yourself. The protects range from very basic to a bit more challenging, but all are fun and all are very instructive about unusual sightings. Be sure to try them.
From the reviews:
"It's one of the most evocative, incisive and fascinating books I've read on astronomy. ... Seargent's clear, intelligent and insightful prose considers and summarises all sides of any debate. ... Essentially, he supplies you with the information, then allows you to decide. ... Seargent also offers UFO researchers a feast for thought. ... Seargent suggests that astronomers might find `very interesting phenomena ... . The book is a masterclass in popular science writing ... ." (Mark Greener, Fortean Times, April, 2011)
"Thank you Goodreads First Reads for this free book. This is a great book. Full of interesting and unusual events. A must read for any astronomy hobbyists." (Landy, Goodreads, June, 2011)
"WOW!!! this book was really amazing!!! i mean im not that into space as many people but this book was really interesting and it got me to think. ... I had no idea of how many theories regarding space there were!!! i was amazed by how many pictures and data that has come from space that id never even knew existed!!!" (Magdalena, Goodreads, June, 2011)
"This is a much lighter, much more entertaining read ... . One of the best things about the book is that it is littered with lots of suggestions for experiments and observations the reader can do themselves, to gain a better understanding of how the night sky works ... . All in all a very enjoyable read, written in a friendly, informal style. Definitely a book to have within easy reach for those nights when the clouds refuse to part." (Cumbrian Sky, May, 2011)
"Any book which looks at the lighter side of astronomy is always welcome and this is both entertaining and engaging." (Spaceflight, Vol. 54 (1), January, 2012)
|Our Weird Moon||p. 1|
|Odd but Interesting Events Near the Sun||p. 41|
|Planetary Weirdness||p. 75|
|Weird Meteors||p. 135|
|Strange Stars and Star-Like Objects||p. 163|
|Moving Mysteries and Wandering Stars||p. 199|
|Facts, Fallacies, Unusual Observations, and Other Miscellaneous Gleanings||p. 221|
|The Danjon Scale of Lunar Eclipse Brightness||p. 283|
|Lunar Eclipses 2011 - 2050||p. 285|
|Solar Eclipses 2011 - 2030||p. 289|
|Transits of Mercury 2016-2100||p. 293|
|Subject Index||p. 295|
|Name Index||p. 301|
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Series: Astronomers' Universe
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 27th September 2010
Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York Inc.
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.5 x 2.03
Weight (kg): 0.49