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Patterns in the Sky An Introduction to Ethnoastronomy

ISBN-10: 1577661818
ISBN-13: 9781577661818
Edition: 2001
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Book details

List price: $16.95
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Waveland Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 3/1/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 125
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.440
Language: English

Preface
Acknowledgements
Introduction
Getting to Know the Sky: The Basics
Astronomical Knowledge as Fundamental
Astronomical Knowledge as Culturally Integrated
Rotation, Revolution, and the Relevance of Latitude
Locating Celestial Objects
Horizon-based Measurements: Azimuth and Altitude
The Observation Notebook
Exercises: The Observation Process
The Sun
Daily Motion
The Solar Year: Solstices, Equinoxes, and the Seasons
The Tropical Sun: Zenith Passage and Its Complement, the Nadir
The Midnight Sun and Night at Midday
Solar Eclipses
Sociocultural Significance of the Sun
Exercises: Solar Observations
The Moon
Synodical Period
Sidereal Period
Calendrical Intermeshing of Moon and Sun: Intercalation
Lunar Eclipses
Crosscultural Significance of the Moon
Exercises: Lunar Observations
The Stars
The Celestial Poles, Celestial Equator, and Ecliptic
Major Stars and Constellations
Zodiac and Milky Way
Crosscultural Significance of Stars
Exercises: Stellar Observations
The Planets
The Five Visible "Wanderers"
Venus and Mercury: Attached to the Sun
Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn
Crosscultural Observations of the Planets
Exercises: Inferior/Inner and Superior/Outer Planet Observations
Other Celestial Phenomena
The Visible Sky
Rainbows
Solar and Lunar Haloes
Other Nighttime Celestial Phenomena
Exercise: Observing Other Celestial Phenomena
Ethnoastronomical Fieldwork
What Is Needed
The Methods of Research
Recording Your Data
Receptivity and Controlling Bias
What Is Taboo
The Importance of Context
The Good Informant and Multiple Informants
Ethnoastronomy Beyond Astronomy: Cultural Integration
Research Design and Sample Questions
Ethnoastronomy in the Context of Human Life
Glossary
Bibliography
Index

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