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The Patrick Moore Practical Astronomy Series

Rare Astronomical Sights and Sounds

Authors: Powell, Jonathan

  • Clearly identifies, illustrates, and expands on aspects of astronomy not widely referenced in other books
  • Explains in an easily digested and engaging format what these rarer objects and events that occur in the universe are and how they were formed
  • Equips practical astronomers with the necessary tools to discover these rare astronomical sights for themselves
  • Challenges, argues, and debates the theoretical premises for the existence of other rare astronomical occurrences
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About this book

​The universe contains many unusual sights and sounds, most of which are either very difficult to witness or simply go unnoticed. With the right tools, time, and location, some of the often talked about but seldom seen and heard gems in our skies can finally be observed.
This book introduces readers to the rare and ephemeral happenings above our heads. It offers a crash course in astronomical history, detailing the observations, assumptions, and inventions of different cultures over time as they turned their studies to the stars. Using this as a baseline to redefine truly "rare" occurrences, Jonathan Powell then provides modern-day astronomers at all levels with pointers for what they can witness and when. 
From phenomena as old and far-off as a supernova witnessed a thousand years ago, and as recent and nearby as Sputnik's famous beeping, this book covers everything that one must know to see, hear, and appreciate the astronomical events happening around us.

About the authors

Jonathan Powell is a native of South Wales. With an interest in astronomy and related subjects since the late 1970’s, Jonathan has written for UK national astronomical magazines, and broadcast on the topic at both the regional and national level for BBC Radio, dating back to 1985. Jonathan also took part in a BBC Radio 4 documentary series on meteorites. He has been secretary of his local astronomical society for the past 20 years and is the British Astronomical Association’s "Campaign for Dark Skies" county officer. A former member of the Association for Astronomy Education – which encouraged and promoted astronomy among the young – he also headed up "SpaceQuest," an educational lecture tool, which toured schools with a two hour presentation on astronomy. His publications include three articles in Astronomy Now magazine. He has written a book about castles in South and West Wales, Fortress Wales, and articles on observational astronomy published in astronomical society newsletters. 

Table of contents (11 chapters)

  • Introduction: From the Past, into the Present, and onto the Future

    Powell, Jonathan

    Pages 1-5

  • The Many Wonders of the Cosmos

    Powell, Jonathan

    Pages 7-20

  • Archaeoastronomy Part I

    Powell, Jonathan

    Pages 21-40

  • Archaeoastronomy Part II

    Powell, Jonathan

    Pages 41-60

  • Observation and Equipment

    Powell, Jonathan

    Pages 61-76

Buy this book

eBook $19.99
price for USA in USD (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-97701-0
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Softcover $27.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-319-97700-3
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Rare Astronomical Sights and Sounds
Authors
Series Title
The Patrick Moore Practical Astronomy Series
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-97701-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-97701-0
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-97700-3
Series ISSN
1431-9756
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
V, 219
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations, 11 illustrations in colour
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