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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...


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,...


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...


Philip's Guide to the Night Sky: A guided tour of the stars and constellations

by Patrick Moore

Find your way around the night sky with this handy guide to stargazing for the complete novice. In Philip's Guide to the Night Sky, Sir Patrick Moore explains how to find the most famous constellations and the...


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 Golden Guide explains:

-How to select and use binoculars and telescopes

-How to best observe stars,...


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 Golden Guide shows you how with 150 full-color illustrations, including:

Charts of the...


Stepping Stones to the Stars: The Story of Manned Spaceflight

by Terry C Treadwell

Stepping Stones to the Stars is the story of manned spaceflight from its inception to the era of the Space Shuttle. It begins with a short history of the evolution of the rocket, before describing the first...


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...


Can You Play Cricket on Mars?: And Other Scientific Questions Answered

by Sir Patrick Patrick Moore

All those nagging questions you have about the universe are answered here, like 'Is there a dark side to the moon? What happens when a comet hits the sun? Do the Martian canals have any water in them? Is the...


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...


Broca's Brain: Reflections on the Romance of Science

by Carl Sagan

Carl Sagan, writer and scientist, returns from the frontier to tell us about how the world works. In his delightfully down-to-earth style, he explores and explains a mind-boggling future of intelligent robots,...