Book of Astronomical Curiosities
“THE (not so) LITTLE BOOK OF ASTRONOMICAL CURIOSITIES: and Explanations of Celestial Phenomena” (yes, a long title!) journey to discover the odd, the unusual, and the just plain strange. It’s a book that many in the amateur astronomical community will find enjoyable and in our opinion, would make a nice holiday gift.
“THE (not so) LITTLE BOOK OF ASTRONOMICAL CURIOSITIES: and Explanations of Celestial Phenomena” offers fifty-nine sign-post topics that address wide-ranging subjects: the ancients’ attempts to interpret the night sky, the enigmatic green flash (now you see it, now you don’t), superluminal speed, chaos on the surface of Europa, deflecting objects on a collision course with Earth, the fate of the Sun, the solar system’s highest cliff, and how you can measure the speed of light by popping marshmallows into your microwave.
The “Look Inside” link shows the complete table of contents. Because the book contains 249 diagrams and images plus five tables, higher quality colored ink and paper are used.
Interspersed along the way are discussions of the science underpinning our solar system and beyond. Some of these topics involve mathematical arguments. A few of these arguments are included within the topics themselves, but most are in appendices at the end of the book and are intended for those of a more mathematical bent. If you prefer to avoid mathematical intricacies, concentrate on the main text which you should find quite interesting.
“THE (not so) LITTLE BOOK OF ASTRONOMICAL CURIOSITIES: and Explanations of Celestial Phenomena” is available on Amazon here.
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