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The Sky Handbook

John Watson
  • RRP: £14.99 (print)
  • Format: Paperback with flaps
  • Extent: 400 pages
  • Dimensions (mm): 180 x 150
  • ISBN: 9781887354639
  • Genres: Nature
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  • Publication date: September 30, 2009


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Our solar system and the 88 constellations that populate our night sky feature prominently in this wide-ranging book, but that is only the beginning. The Sky Handbook also explains the causes of our weather and the makeup of our atmosphere, the Big Bang and the history of the universe, and the story of human flight and space exploration. The book also offers a distinctly human perspective, since from our earliest civilisations people have looked up at the sky in wonder. The cosmologies of early peoples; the great astronomers of Ancient Greece, Baghdad, and the Renaissance; how human activity threatens our skies – these topics contribute to a better understanding of our place in the universe.

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'This hefty little book is a delightful, beautifully crafted and immensely informative tool for everything you could possibly want to know about the sky.' -– New Leaf News

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About the author

John Watson

John Watson is an author and keen stargazer. He is founder of Stone Country Press, an independent Scottish publisher dedicated to books and guides on landscapes and the outdoors. Michael Kerrigan is an author and critic whose previous works include books on history, geography, exploration and the natural world.