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Stars Above, Earth Below: A Guide to Astronomy in the National Parks (Springer Praxis Books / Popular Astronomy) Paperback – May 21, 2010
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“A photo essay on a years-long journey to see the natural wonders of dark skies over America’s most beautiful landscapes … and visions of future exploration of the planets -- Stars Above, Earth Below is all of these. … Nordgren’s text is accompanied by a truly exorbitant number of photos and diagrams … . The book will delight space fans, but I think that it will do a greater public service by exposing those people who already love … places seen throughout the Space Age.” (Emily Lakdawalla, The Planetary Society Blog, December, 2010)
“There are numerous field books on astronomy on the market, but this new book stands out. Astronomer Nordgren … spent 14 months traveling across the US, visiting 12 national parks and contributing to their nighttime public outreach programs. The result is this beautiful diary of the author’s experiences and account of the unique aspects of the night sky at each site. … Most chapters are illustrated with beautiful color photos, many of them taken by Nordgren. … Summing Up: Highly recommended. All levels/libraries.” (T. D. Oswalt, Choice, Vol. 48 (3), November, 2010)
“Appeal to readers with a wider interest in wild landscapes. … the book is an excellent example of the growing global trend of developing partnerships between astronomers and environmental managers. … includes a good number of eye-catching images and illustrations to draw the reader into its themes. As a general introduction to astronomy the style is individual and idiosyncratic. The approach weaves together, for example, personal anecdotes, philosophical observations, and practical seasonal star-charts.” (Dan Hillier, The Observatory, Vol. 131 (1222), June, 2011)
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Dr. Nordgren did an excellent job.
He not only connects the earthly landscape to heavenly bodies seamlessly, but also narrates mythology, archaeology and light pollution in a very interesting way.
And most of all, all of the astronomical information is precise and up to date.
It was very touching to read such a book since I love both astronomy and geology.
I live in South Korea where there's no real dark sky.
I envy you Americans for having such beautiful National Parks.
On top of that, I got to know there are people to enthusiastically protect their own treasure.
I am already planning to visit some of National Parks in Utah next spring.
I'll pack my camping gears and binoculars to really appreciate the beauty of the night sky in the heart of most exceptional places.
I have already ordered a second copy to give to my father.
What initially hooked me where Dr Nordgren's photos. Although the book doesn't do justice by some, most are stunning, and capture a unique perspective of the night sky. As I read whatever chapter I desired, I found myself caught up in remarkable aspects of astronomy, native history, legends and quotes, and the author's personal experience all interwoven to highlight the awe of nature, and our links to the Universe through the eyes of the human spirit.
At one point, naively, I opened the book to Chapter Two: Black Hole Sun. Black holes are cool, I think, and I'm ready for a lesson like black holes, white dwarfs, neutron stars, etc. I read about Moon and Sun eclipses, a special one over Grand Teton, Moon migration, its alignment with the Sun and the Earth, personal experience of the author in the National Park with his hand-made sextant at scenic spots a, how a location is related to Kepler and his understanding of the orbits, the advance of worldly astro-scientific knowledge despite religious resistances, and once again back to the authors personal experience whereby his contemplation of the universe is disrupted by the end of a solar eclipse. Somewhere I read a comment by a person saying, "I'll read this book tonight". My effort to describe a chapter is but a meager attempt to describe the density and richness found in chapters, what experiences and basic insights are within reach, if not already, of the everyday person, and how interdisciplinary each chapter is.Read more ›
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If you frequent the National Parks, this is a must. Beautiful and fascinating reference.Published 7 months ago by HerbieZ
Took forever to get, but now it's here and I love it. You should buy one too. It's awesome. Thanks.Published on December 6, 2012 by Adam J. Trenholm
This is an excellent read for astronomy buffs that can be enjoyed by both the amateur and the experienced. Dr. Read morePublished on December 31, 2010 by Barbara Coffing
The book Stars abovbe Earth below- is very interresting. You can lern alot about Astronomy, State Parks etr. Read morePublished on December 20, 2010 by walter hoefer
If you are about to pass on this book because you are not planning a vacation to a National Park anytime soon, think again! Read morePublished on August 31, 2010 by Thomas Watson