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Astronomy | Flags of the Night Sky

Flags of the Night Sky

When Astronomy Meets National Pride

Bordeleau, André G.

2014, XVII, 341 p. 353 illus., 347 illus. in color.

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  • Explains stars and constellations found on national flags from numerous countries throughout the world
  • Presents a complete coverage of symbols in the sky displayed on national banners -- from lunar crescents to the southern cross
  • Offers an original approach to basic astronomy while also teaching the history of why these astronomical symbols were used
Many national flags display astronomical features–Sun, Moon, stars–but are they really based on existing astronomical objects? The United States flag sports 50 stars, one for each state, however none of them are linked to real stars. Further, the lunar crescent is often shaped like the Sun being eclipsed by the Moon. At times, stars are seen right next to the crescent, where the darkened disc of the moon should be! This book will present true astronomical objects and patterns highlighted on national flags and link informative capsules about these objects to the political reasons why they were chosen to adorn such an important symbol.

Content Level » Popular/general

Keywords » astronomical features on flags - astronomical flags - astronomical objects symbols - constellations on flags - national flags background - national flags night sky - vexillology guide

Related subjects » Astronomy - Popular Astronomy - Population Studies

Table of contents 

Federative Republic of Brazil: Constellations in the Breeze.- Crux: Beacon of the Southern Hemisphere.- Northern Hemisphere: The Empty Sky.- Sun-bearing Flags: Here Comes the Sun.- Moon-bearing Flags: Bright side of the Moon.- Starry Flags: Here’s Stars in Your Eyes—Northern Hemisphere.- Starry Flags: Here’s Stars in Your Eyes—Southern Hemisphere.- Glossary: Vexillology.- Glossary: Astronomy.

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