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Stars Above, Earth Below

A Guide to Astronomy in the National Parks

Nordgren, Tyler

Jointly published with Praxis Publishing, UK

2010, XII, 444 p.

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  • The first book to make direct connections between astronomy and the landscapes, processes and cultures one experiences in the US National Parks
  • Links geological features readers can see in the National Parks to the very latest NASA spacecraft discoveries on other planets and their moons
  • Forms a connection between what the reader sees on the ground and in the sky (using photographs and sky charts) to the deeper scientific meaning behind these sights
In Stars Above, Earth Below, Tyler Nordgren examines a range of astronomical topics and makes the connection between them and the landscapes, processes, and cultures which can be seen and experienced within specific U.S. National Parks. For each park and topic the story unfolds in three steps: what does the reader see for him - or herself? What is the scientific cause or explanation of what is seen? And finally, what is the big picture about ourselves, our world, and our Universe? The author takes us the length and breadth of the U.S., from the coast of Maine to the Yellowstone volcano, from the depths of the Grand Canyon to the heights of the Rocky Mountains, exploring the natural links between the features of the parks and those of our Universe.

Content Level » Popular/general

Keywords » astronomy - earth - milky way - planet - popular astronomy - solar system - stars

Related subjects » Astronomy, Observations and Techniques - Earth Sciences & Geography - Environmental Science & Engineering - Geology - Popular Astronomy

Table of contents 

Come see the Milky Way.- Black hole Sun.- Tides on a cosmic shore.- Worlds of fire and ice.- Red rock planet.- Glaciers and Goldilocks: a tale of three planets.- Autumn Moon.- Our cosmic connection.- Worlds without number.- Far away and long ago: the Universe before you.- Starry sky national park.

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