[UCP Books]: How We See the Sky
“Entertaining and very readable, How We See the Sky presents an up-to-date approach to what a dedicated visual observer can hope to understand by carefully monitoring the sky. In addition, it provides a wealth of information that informs the reader about celestial phenomena.”
—Jay Holberg, University of Arizona
How We See the Sky
A Naked-Eye Tour of Day and Night
|Publication Date: October 31, 2011||$20.00 • £13.00|
|International publication date: November 14, 2011||978-0-226-34577-2 (cloth)|
In How We See the Sky, Thomas Hockey returns to us our knowledge of the sky, offering a fascinating overview of what can be seen there without the aid of a telescope. Hockey begins by scanning the horizon, explaining how the visible universe rotates through our view as night turns to day and season to season. Subsequent chapters explore the sun’s and moon’s respective motions through the celestial globe, as well as the appearance of solstices, eclipses, and planets, and how these are accounted for in different kinds of calendars. In every chapter, Hockey introduces the common vocabulary of today’s astronomers, uses examples past and present to explain them, and provides conceptual tools to help newcomers understand the topics he discusses.