Sky Phenomena: A Guide to Naked-Eye Observation of the Stars
“In the last hundred years or so, most of the firmament has been taken from us. We are Less for our loss of the sky, but Norman Davidson has given us the boot straps we need to pull ourselves back up to heaven…or at least for a good look at it” E.C. Krupp (from the foreword).
Sky Phenomena leads readers from the stars as seen from Earth, through the Sun, Moon, and various planets to the Copernican revolution, to comets and meteors, and to the sky of the Southern Hemisphere.
The text includes mythological and historical aspects of the subject and has numerous exercises for the student. The final chapter is a unique collection of poetry related to the stars from ancient India to modern times.
C O N T E N T S:
1. The Stars — I
2. The Stars — II
3. The Sun
4. The Moon
6. The Planets
7. The Copernican Revolution
8. Comets and Meteors
9. The Southern Hemisphere Sky
10. The Stars in Poetry
1. Astronimical Events
2. Technical Data
3. Astronomical Symbols
4. Star Maps for Observers at the Equator
5. Useful Materials and Publications
6. Famous Individuals in the History of Astronomy
7. Glossary of Astronomical Terms
About the Author
Norman Davidson was born in Edinburgh, Scotland in 1933. He was a journalist in the UK for ten years, writing on social and cultural events. He was a Waldorf school teacher for sixteen years, teaching astronomy, geometry, history, and literature. He has been director of Teacher Training at the Waldorf Institute of Sunbridge College in Chestnut Ridge, New York. Mr. Davidson lectures on astronomy and cultural topics, and is the author of Astronomy and the Imagination, a companion to Sky Phenomena.