This is a great book. A treasure you can hold. Chapter one commences on location, literally; where to travel, with tour, on your own, weather, timing, practical tips and more.
Chapter two picks up the pace for a brisk walk through history, superstition, and myth. Fighters, dancers, and dragons; learn that folklore and ancient astronomers alike were molded by their points of view. As "Northern lights are mainly red in color on the latitude at which Galileo was living." This fascinating, easy reading section continues through time toward contemporary understanding. Early experiments walk through measurements, models, and magnetism. Consider Norwegian astronomer Christopher Hansteen. He organized sea captains to record magnetic fields across the globe and discovered that auroras occur around the geomagnetic pole; a continuous ring.
Chapter three, Causes of the Northern Lights, becomes a serious textbook, albeit in the most beautiful form. As with the volume as a whole, this chapter is laden with essential illustrations, diagrams, and charts. Observing & Photographing the Northern Lights, chapters four and five, empower the reader with insight and knowledge. Where chapter one was a pleasant hike through the experience, these final chapters prepare you for the voyage. From beginning to end, stunning photography graces the pages of this hardcover. There are breathtaking scenes of aurora borealis throughout. You can own this book for months and never read a word.
Northern Lights is truly, a guide. And the journey begins when you first pick it up.
Finally, the book I have been waiting for!! In clear and concise language (and not to mention the stunning photographs), the authors have produced the definitive guide to this amazing phenomenon that is at the top of so many people's bucket lists.This accessible guide takes the reader on a journey through the many myths and legends surrounding the aurora borealis right through to the latest scientific understanding of this spectacle. The highly readable chapters on where to see the northern lights and how to photograph them will give aurora hunters the very best chance of seeing (and capturing) this celestial lightshow. Buy it!