Stars Above, Earth Below: A Guide to Astronomy in the National Parks - Springer Praxis Books (Paperback)
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Stars Above, Earth Below: A Guide to Astronomy in the National Parks - Springer Praxis Books (Paperback)

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Paperback 444 Pages / Published: 21/05/2010
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Stars Above, Earth Below uses photographs and sky charts to form a connection between what is seen on the ground and in the sky, and looks at the deeper scientific meaning behind these sights. Nordgren describes other objects in the Solar System with features similar to those on Earth and links the geological features seen in the national parks to the very latest NASA spacecraft discoveries on other planets and their moons. Additionally, historical context is discussed to show why we humans (who have lived in and around our national parts for tens of thousands of years) have always been astronomers.

The first book to make direct connections between astronomy and the landscapes, processes and cultures one experiences in the US National ParksEach chapter ties a specific astronomical phenomenon to a particular National Park or type of park and concludes with a "See for yourself" section that shows you how to see the planets, stars, nebulae, moons, etc. that are described within that chapterA personal guide showing the reader the astronomical phenomena that you can see for yourself when visiting the U.S. National Parks

Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York Inc.
ISBN: 9781441916488
Number of pages: 444
Weight: 940 g
Dimensions: 242 x 170 x 23 mm


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"A photo essay on a years-long journey to see the natural wonders of dark skies over America's most beautiful landscapes ... and visions of future exploration of the planets -- Stars Above, Earth Below is all of these. ... Nordgren's text is accompanied by a truly exorbitant number of photos and diagrams ... . The book will delight space fans, but I think that it will do a greater public service by exposing those people who already love ... places seen throughout the Space Age." (Emily Lakdawalla, The Planetary Society Blog, December, 2010)

"There are numerous field books on astronomy on the market, but this new book stands out. Astronomer Nordgren ... spent 14 months traveling across the US, visiting 12 national parks and contributing to their nighttime public outreach programs. The result is this beautiful diary of the author's experiences and account of the unique aspects of the night sky at each site. ... Most chapters are illustrated with beautiful color photos, many of them taken by Nordgren. ... Summing Up: Highly recommended. All levels/libraries." (T. D. Oswalt, Choice, Vol. 48 (3), November, 2010)

"Appeal to readers with a wider interest in wild landscapes. ... the book is an excellent example of the growing global trend of developing partnerships between astronomers and environmental managers. ... includes a good number of eye-catching images and illustrations to draw the reader into its themes. As a general introduction to astronomy the style is individual and idiosyncratic. The approach weaves together, for example, personal anecdotes, philosophical observations, and practical seasonal star-charts." (Dan Hillier, The Observatory, Vol. 131 (1222), June, 2011)

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