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Ask Tom Why: Tom Skilling on meteorology, weather and natural disasters

by Tom Skilling

Ask Tom Why is a collection of articles originally written by Tom Skilling for his Chicago Tribune column of the same name. Skilling, who is WGN-TV's chief meteorologist, answers questions covering all topics...


Sunrise, Sunset: 52 Weeks of Awe and Gratitude

by Kim Weiss

The same vista. Never the same sun.

Much like life, the stage changes even when our vantage point doesn't. And so it is with the rising and setting sun, no two are ever the same.

Every picture tells another...


How to Gaze at the Southern Stars

by Richard Hall

From the Southern Cross to the mysterious dark companions of the Dog Stars, the constellations in this guide will help readers see the night sky in a whole new way, allowing them to enjoy the vast beauty of...


The Natural Navigator: A Watchful Explorer's Guide to a Nearly Forgotten Skill

by Tristan Gooley

Before GPS, before the compass, and even before cartography, humankind was navigating. A windswept tree, the depth of a puddle, or a trill of birdsong could point the way home-and, for the alert traveler, they...


Starlight Detectives: How Astronomers, Inventors, and Eccentrics Discovered the Modern Universe

by Alan Hirshfeld

A wondrous tale of cosmic exploration and the colorful characters who ushered astronomy into the modern age


Capturing the Stars: Astrophotography by the Masters

by Robert Gendler & Neil deGrasse Tyson

To gaze at the stars is one thing; to capture that gaze in photographs is something else, a tantalizing scientific art that many attempt and few master.  That rare mastery is on full display in this beautiful...


Night Sky: A Falcon Field Guide [tm]

by Nicholas Nigro

Night Sky: A Falcon Field Guide covers both summer and winter constellations, planets, and stars found in the northern hemisphere. Conveniently sized to fit in a pocket and featuring detailed photographs, this...


The Sky Observer's Guide

by R. Newton Mayall, Margaret Mayall, Jerome Wyckoff & John Polgreen

This eBook is best viewed on a color device.

Filled with practical information for the amateur astronomer, this Sky Observer's Golden Guide explains:

-How to select and use binoculars and telescopes

-How to best...


Night Sky

by Mark R. Chartrand, Helmut K. Wimmer & Helmut Wimmer

This eBook is best viewed on a color device.

Don't miss the best meteor shower of the year. Discover the figure of the boy, "Jack," on the moon. Quickly locate favorite constellations such as the Big and Little...


Stars

by Robert H. Baker, Herbert S. Zim, James Gordon Irving & Mark R. Chartrand

This eBook is best viewed on a color device.

Enjoy the wonders of the heavens and understand more fully what you see. This Stars Golden Guide shows you how with 150 full-color illustrations, including:

Charts...


The End of Night: Searching for Natural Darkness in an Age of Artificial Light

by Paul Bogard

The "terrific ... moving, poetic, immersive, multifaceted, and thought-provoking" book (Publishers Weekly) that will open your eyes to the night.

A brilliantly starry night is one of nature's most thrilling wonders....


The Natural Navigator: The Rediscovered Art of Letting Nature Be Your Guide

by Tristan Gooley

Before GPS, before the compass, and even before cartography, humankind was navigating. Now this singular guide helps us rediscover what our ancestors long understood-that a windswept tree, the depth of a puddle,...


Moods of the Ohio Moons

by Merrill C. Gilfillan

For almost thirty years, Merrill Gilfillan has written outdoor columns devoted primarily to describing and creating moods about the world of nature. These columns are informed by a rural background and field...


Searching for Habitable Worlds: An Introduction

by Abel Méndez & Wilson González-Espada

What does it take to consider a planet potentially habitable? If a planet is suitable for life, could life be present? Is life on other planets inevitable? Searching for Habitable Worlds answers these questions...


The Snowflake: Winter's Frozen Artistry

by Kenneth Libbrecht & Rachel Wing

Take a deeper look at the unique, hidden beauty of winter with the world's foremost snowflake expert. From ten thousand feet above the Earth, a snowflake begins its fall. Its journey starts when ice forms around...


Elementary Cosmology: From Aristotle's Universe to the Big Bang and Beyond

by James J Kolata

Cosmology is the study of the origin, size, and evolution of the entire universe. Every culture has developed a cosmology, whether it be based on religious, philosophical, or scientific principles. In this book,...


The Night Sky, Updated and Expanded Edition: Soul and Cosmos: The Physics and Metaphysics of the Stars and Planets

by Richard Grossinger & Bernadette Mayer

Ever since Homo sapiens first looked up at the stars, we as a species have been looking for meaning in the mysteries of the night sky. Over the millennia, as our knowledge, science, and technology developed,...


The Lost Art of Reading Nature's Signs: Use Outdoor Clues to Find Your Way, Predict the Weather, Locate Water, Track Animals-and Other Forgotten Skill

by Tristan Gooley

Gooley’s more than two decades of pioneering outdoor experience include research among the Dayak people of Borneo and the Tuareg of the Sahara. With his first book, The Natural Navigator, he started a renaissance...


The Perfect Machine: Building the Palomar Telescope

by Ronald Florence

Almost a half-century after is completion, the 200-inch Palomar telescope remains an unparalleled combination of vast scale and microscope detail. As huge as the Pantheon of Rome and as heavy as the Statue of...


Visual Astronomy: A Guide to Understanding the Night Sky

by Panos Photinos

Visual Astronomy introduces the basics of observational astronomy, a fundamentally limitless opportunity to learn about the universe with your unaided eyes or with tools such as binoculars, telescopes, or cameras....