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Weird Astronomy

Tales of Unusual, Bizarre, and Other Hard to Explain Observations

  • David A.J. Seargent

Part of the Astronomers' Universe book series (ASTRONOM)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. David A. J. Seargent
    Pages 1-39
  3. David A. J. Seargent
    Pages 41-74
  4. David A. J. Seargent
    Pages 75-133
  5. David A. J. Seargent
    Pages 135-161
  6. David A. J. Seargent
    Pages 163-197
  7. David A. J. Seargent
    Pages 199-219
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 283-304

About this book

Introduction

You go out for a night’s 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 identify some of the constellations. If you are using binoculars or a small telescope, you can see many wonders not revealed to the naked eye but still well known to telescope users for centuries. But what if 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 fascinating 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 projects that you can do yourself. The projects 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!

Keywords

Bad astronomy Extreme astronomy theory Scientific trivia tidbits Unexplained science phenomena Unusual astronomical obsevation

Authors and affiliations

  • David A.J. Seargent
    • 1
  1. 1.The EntranceAustralia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-6424-3
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2011
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4419-6423-6
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4419-6424-3
  • Series Print ISSN 1614-659X
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