Lights in the Sky

Identifying and Understanding Astronomical and Meteorological Phenomena

  • Authors
  • Michael Maunder

Part of the Patrick Moore’s Practical Astronomy Series book series (PATRICKMOORE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XV
  2. Michael Maunder
    Pages 1-9
  3. Michael Maunder
    Pages 11-15
  4. Michael Maunder
    Pages 17-24
  5. Michael Maunder
    Pages 25-33
  6. Michael Maunder
    Pages 35-42
  7. Michael Maunder
    Pages 43-47
  8. Michael Maunder
    Pages 49-82
  9. Michael Maunder
    Pages 83-108
  10. Michael Maunder
    Pages 109-123
  11. Michael Maunder
    Pages 125-160
  12. Michael Maunder
    Pages 161-173
  13. Michael Maunder
    Pages 175-184
  14. Michael Maunder
    Pages 185-195
  15. John Watson
    Pages 197-210
  16. Michael Maunder
    Pages 211-214
  17. Back Matter
    Pages 215-226

About this book


Amateur astronomers spend a lot of their time observing the sky, but not everything up there is necessarily an astronomical phenomenon. Nor is everything immediately identifiable. How many people can tell the difference between a Sun Dog and a Glory - both meteorological phenomena? Or between the Zodiacal Light and the Gegenschein, which are astronomical?

Lights in the Sky is a truly comprehensive guide to observing, identifying, and imaging sky glows and other unusual atmospheric/astronomical phenomena, in both the night and daytime skies.

If, as a practical observer, you want to be able to identify what it is when you are faced, for example, with the Specter of the Brocken - or with an unidentified flying object that is...well, unidentified...then Lights in the Sky will provide all the practical scientific information you need.


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