❰Reading❯ ➻ Sun, Moon, Earth Author Tyler Nordgren – Horse-zine.co.uk

Sun, Moon, Earth chapter 1 Sun, Moon, Earth , meaning Sun, Moon, Earth , genre Sun, Moon, Earth , book cover Sun, Moon, Earth , flies Sun, Moon, Earth , Sun, Moon, Earth 737ccd9a6e58c One Of S Best Science Books Of An Astronomer Traces The Natural History Of Solar Eclipses From Supernatural To Scientific Phenomenon, Showing Us A Wonderful Way To Look Up At The Sky On August Than Ten Million Americans Will Experience An Awe Inspiring Phenomenon The First Total Eclipse Of The Sun In America In Almost Forty Years In Sun Moon Earth, Astronomer Tyler Nordgren Illustrates How This Most Seemingly Unnatural Of Natural Phenomena Was Transformed From A Fearsome Omen To A Tourist Attraction From The Astrologers Of Ancient China And Babylon To The High Priests Of The Maya, Sun Moon Earth Takes Us Around The World To Show How Different Cultures Interpreted These Dramatic Events Greek Philosophers Discovered Eclipses Cause And Used Them To Measure Their World And The Cosmos Beyond Victorian Era Scientists Mounted Eclipse Expeditions During The Age Of Globe Spanning Empires And Modern Day Physicists Continue To Use Eclipses To Confirm Einstein S Theory Of RelativityBeautifully Illustrated And Lyrically Written, Sun Moon Earth Is The Ideal Guide For All Eclipse Watchers And Star Gazers Alike

10 thoughts on “Sun, Moon, Earth

  1. says:

    Bucket list pre read as I ready myself for my five hour drive south to Makanda, IL on August 21, 2017 to see the total eclipse of the sun This is a bucket list item because the last total solar eclipse that crossed the United States along a similar path was June 8, 1918 If I miss this one, I ll have to wait until 2024 to see the next in one in the US Strangely, in almost the same place very unusual as most places on Earth see totality every 375 years on average.This was a great primer for everyone Whether you are into astronomy like me or not, there is much information about history, science, observation, and future of eclipses all written in layman s language.When you think about it, total solar eclipses that we are able to view on Earth are the result of many fortuitous factors Of all the planets, only the Earth has a moon just the right size and distance to barely cover the Sun If any of these variables changed, the perfection of seeing just the corona of the sun would be impossible In fact, time is also an issue The moon is moving away from earth about 3.8 cm each year resulting in a slowing of the Earth s rotation A day will come when the Earth has slowed so much that it will turn at the same rate as the moon and a day on Earth will be as long a month When that happens, the moon will be too far away for eclipses as we know them to occur So get out there and see an eclipse with me as we have only 563 million years left to view them.If you want to see how near you are in the US to the path of totality Check out this link for clear skies

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    My friend had this in her car on our drive to the path of totality on Monday, so I dived in looking for the tales of doom that the cover suggests I was very disappointed that the author barely touched on ancient eclipses The book was very much about the science behind them, their history, how they happen, what they ve told us about the earth, and eclipse tourism I can say that I learned a lot and that I kind of want to be an eclipse tourist now but that was mostly from seeing it myself It definitely prepared me a little than internet articles, but much of the info is of course available online We want tales of doom 3 stars for that reason and the deceptive marketing haha.

  3. says:

    I read this book in preparation for the Great American Eclipse of 2017 There is a lot of fascinating and amazing information here August 21st is going to be the event of a lifetime

  4. says:

    For a book on a topic I don t care much about and can t seem to wrap my head around, it was good However, it was not good as an audiobook The author read it himself and did a fine job, but diagrams go a long way in describing astronomical movement.

  5. says:

    A nice little comfort read It made me even determined to be in the path of totality for the eclipse happening in 2024.

  6. says:

    A great read before the solar eclipse yesterday Even though it s supposed to be written for the non scientist, or at least I assume as much, I had to reread than one paragraph because of the pain of too many neurons firing in my brain Some of the subject matter dealt deep into Sheldon from Big Bang Theory or that super easy subject called Astrophysics But still, I must agree with the author, that standing in the moons shadow as it completely blocks out the sun is one of the coolest most fantastic things I ve ever seen in my life I too am now a fanatic and have only one question left, when can I see another one

  7. says:

    I came across this book because I was thoroughly theming everything for the upcoming Great American Eclipse related roadtrip, like you do, and was checking out the WPA style posters of Tyler Nordgren when I found out he s quite an accomplished person It was easy to read and fascinating going into all sorts of aspects of the sun not just eclipses , like how helium was discovered.

  8. says:

    Fabulous book for anyone, especially those interested in the history and beauty of the most amazing natural phenomenon in the world, a Total Solar Eclipse Unfortunately the author did dip into criticizing creationism, which is typical of any esoteric scientist thinking their depth of understanding has evolved to an accepted pinnacle of thinking like his or her colleagues Which doesn t seem all that uniquely evolved to me I ll just say it s pretty narrow minded nonsense to push every God based believer into a Box and impose his own imagining s of how they think or how they could possibly make peace with and understand Gods hand in hard science Quite unscientific of him, IMHO I believe He is the Greatest Scientist To paraphrase this book, that Gods touch was the catalyst that caused matter unorganized to organize itself into glorious worlds, Solar systems and galaxies As a lover of history and any earth science, be it about endotherms or ectotherm s, flora or fauna, astronomy or entomology, oceanography or geology, while studying Einsteins theories or ancient Mayan glyphs, admiring the monks pains taking copying of soon to be destroyed illustrations, recording precious few well preserved codexes, or serious voiced scientists explaining the Big Bang Theory, science and religious theology work for me I love knowing Stars were named by ancient Arabs Today that same word is casually used and helps us understand where to turn our telescopes and find distant stunning diamonds in the sky or see into the core of a billion stars clustered across a light year It s still difficult for me to wrap my head around how an 8 star system works when we orbit only one mid aged and mid sized star It s mind boggling to think this is all in perfect balance, each object in its place, and each affected by the tugs and pulls of gravitational waves or intensely dense black holes I love all and the majesty of this little blue marble, and knowing my place in it and only firms my inner core belief of my purpose and knowledge that I belong here.What s fascinating is this wonderful book, Sun, Moon and Earth reaches out to touch pretty much all the topics I ve listed above in either a minuete way, or with extensive research dedicated to it In theory or through fascinating historical accounts about how ancient people reacted to Solar and Lunar Eclipses Or tenderly written and a way I felt emotionally connected to the quiet contemplative soul bearing about precious moments of a Total Solar Eclipse It is an event only experienced inside our solar system and on this lovely planet we call home How cool is that.These song lyrics are for me read there if you like, but i thin my heart.Names Cherie Call He s been known throughout time by so many namesCreator of worlds and the ruler of allAnd I do not disagree with the ones I have heardLike The First and The Last, and WonderfulEternal and Endless, Provider and King,And His MajestyBut when I think of the hundreds of prayers that I ve prayedThere are so many that I d add to these, likeMathematician, Concert Musician, Master Physicianand Listening FriendWho knows all about cars, and my fragile heartSo the best name would still have to beHeavenly FatherWhen I m helping a friend He has sharpened my mindWhen I ve asked that my lips could say all the right thingsHe can part the Red Sea and still keep me from shakingWhen I ve prayed that my hands could hit all the right stringsHe has always been there to handle the big thingsBut He can still find a wayTo help me with tricky equations and dark twisty highwaysAnd children with feversI know I can pray to theMathematician, Concert Musician, Master Physicianand Listening FriendWho knows all about cars, and my fragile heartSo the best name would still have to beHeavenly FatherAnd isn t it just what a father would doHelping His children with all that He knewAnd then using His wisdom to step back sometimesOn some of the answers we re just meant to find for ourselvesSo we can be mathematicians, concert musicians,Mothers, physicians, and listening friendsAnd we can learn about cars, and we can heal broken heartsWith the love that we ve learned first handFrom a Heavenly FatherCopyright 2002 Cherie Call, all rights reserved

  9. says:

    I read this book only after viewing the eclipse in the parking lot of the Canada College campus Ideally, we would have gone further north but our daughter had started 11th grade and was not able to easily take time out After I dropped her off at school, I decided to park since there were quite a few people stationed on the hill, wearing the tell tale viewing devices I had nothing with which to shield my eyes I was people watching than stargazing I thought it might be too forward to ask someone if I could borrow their viewing devices, but then unexpectedly, a fellow near me turned and offered his improvised device I mentioned that I didn t know if it was adequate shielding to which he replied that I didn t need to worry He handed me two pair of glasses one on top of the other and two loose lenses that I clumsily forgot to take by the edges The lenses were a smoky brown Wow Wow There was the shape that you had to see to believe My trust in the safety of the lenses then got a boost as I learned that the guy was a Stanford Fellow in the Neuroscience department who was studying how the brain processes visual stimuli I had lucked into this chance encounter with an academic Before I left the parking lot, I also spoke with a Spanish fellow who lent me his viewing device, which was the standard pair of glasses that were being made available to the public who wanted to attend various science museums We chatted about how the experience of viewing an eclipse was no doubt drawing many strangers together all across its path all across America Then, we somehow got on the topic of tapas bars in Spain The tapas restaurants there can be clustered together one does not just stay in one spot One wanders from one local joint to the next, having a small bite here then another small bite at the bar next door and so forth It ties the community together, doesn t it I asked He agreed I missed a star party at the Presidio in San Francisco last week, but instead of being there, I found myself in a bar and then the SF MOMA with out of town guests, Erik and Michael, which echoed back to the conversation I had in the Canada College parking lot about the stitching together of communities Getting out and viewing stars and out viewing art are two reminders of how joyful and positive aspects of common experience can feed a part of our humanity that frequently plagues the solitariness of modern adult living that even introverts can dig.

  10. says:

    Nordgren s book is a great addition to any library, with a look at how eclipses have been viewed throughout history, to the modern fascination fanaticism with eclipses and eclipse travel Nordgren intersperses some excellent science on what an eclipse is, how they happen, and the different types of eclipses annular, total, and lunar and what makes them different Nordgren s discussion of the history of humanity s experience with solar eclipses was simple and while he didn t go into great detail about historical events his coverage gives the reader a good understanding of how the eclipse has shaped human history Being able to predict an eclipse has been used by many people generally white Europeans encountering native peoples to their advantage to either frighten people or give the explorer power over others The book also gives a good account of how the earliest scientists began to study and understand the eclipse and this sparked these scientists to travel around the world so they could study the phenomenon What I found most fascinating in Sun, Moon, Earth was how unique and special the Earth Moon system is The moon is uniquely situated and sized to give those of us on Earth the rare opportunity to see a total eclipse of the sun No other planet or planetoid in our solar system offers this unique perspective And for now, until better data on exoplanets is collected, that makes us pretty unique in the galaxy as well Nordgren not only gives us the historical perspective and science of the eclipse, but also shares his own personal experiences with eclipses he has witness around the world This provides a nice comparison to the historical experiences Norgren has detailed in the book The book also includes tips and information for safely watching an eclipse and includes several photos and charts showing eclipses The one graphic I liked was one shared from an eclipse website showing where all eclipses can be seen on the earth in the next 20 or so years If you have an interest in science, astronomy, or history I recommend Nordgren s book Even if you have only a passing interest in those areas Norgren s own personal experiences that he shares with the reader make this an interesting read.

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