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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.Read more
- Deals only with phenomena visible to the naked eye
- Unlike other books, it covers observations for both the night and daytime sky
- Generously illustrated with diagrams and photographs
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"This a great book for anyone who is interested in the sky, day or night...in addition to it being wonderfully written, it is packed full of colour photographs and illustrations..." Edmonton RASC StardustSee more reviews
"A rich blend of description and explanation..." Science News
"Naylor's forte is providing practical advice.... The excellent color images and diagrams illustrate phenomena that many people may have seen without knowing a name or cause.... Recommended." Choice
"...useful and educating...well thought out and presented...brilliant presentation...this reviewer highly recommends this book to anyone who has an interest in visual phenomena." Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society
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- Date Published: November 2002
- format: Hardback
- isbn: 9780521809252
- length: 372 pages
- dimensions: 255 x 182 x 23 mm
- weight: 0.93kg
- contains: 141 b/w illus.
- availability: In stock
Table of Contents
4. Sunset and sunrise
5. The rainbow
6. Coronae and glories
7. Atmospheric halos
8. The night sky
9. The moon
13. Comets and meteors
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