Bad Astronomy Misconceptions and Misuses Revealed, from Astrology to the Moon Landing Hoax

ISBN-10: 0471409766

ISBN-13: 9780471409762

Edition: 2002

Authors: Philip C. Plait

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A clever, thought-provoking guide that attacks common astronomical misconceptions What is Bad Astronomy? Anything that accidentally or intentionally mangles the basic principles of astronomy. And who is on the lookout for good examples of Bad Astronomy? The Bad Astronomer, of course, a/k/a professional astronomer Phil Plait. In Bad Astronomy, Plait clears up misconceptions and malarkey relating to our Earth, moon, and the wider Universe. Ranging from commonly misunderstood notions such as why the sky is blue and the reason we have seasons, to large-scale shenanigans such as the so-called moon landing hoax and UFO sightings, Bad Astronomy wipes the stardust from readers2 eyes to reveal just how the Universe works. Not only does Plait clearly explain the principles behind major concepts like the Big Bang, he leads readers to understand basics such as what makes the Moon look big when it rises and why the planets -- and astrology-- cannot directly influence our lives. Here is a fascinating and enlightening read for amateurs and experts alike. Bad Astronomy is the first volume in Wiley2s "Bad Science" series; forthcoming titles will look at common misconceptions related to biology, weather, and the Earth.
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List price: $15.95
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 3/5/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 5.75" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.078
Language: English

Bad Astronomy Begins at Home
The Yolk's on You: Egg Balancing and the Equinox
Flushed with Embarrassment: The Coriolis Effect and Your Bathroom
Idiom's Delight: Bad Astronomy in Everyday Language
From the Earth to the Moon
Blue Skies Smiling at Me: Why the Sky Is Blue
A Dash of Seasons: Why Summer Turns to Fall
Phase the Nation: The Moon's Changing Face
The Gravity of the Situation: The Moon and the Tides
The Moon Hits Your Eye Like a Big Pizza Pie: The Big Moon Illusion
Skies at Night Are Big and Bright
Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star: Why Stars Appear to Twinkle
Star Light, Star White: Stars of Many Colors
Well, Well: The Difficulty of Daylight Star Sighting
The Brightest Star: Polaris--Just Another Face in the Crowd
Shadows in the Sky: Eclipses and Sun-Watching
The Disaster that Wasn't: The Great Planetary Alignment of 2000
Meteors, Meteoroids, and Meteorites, Oh My!: The Impact of Meteors and Asteroids
When the Universe Throws You a Curve: Misunderstanding the Beginning of It All
Artificial Intelligence
Appalled at Apollo: Uncovering the Moon-Landing Hoax
Worlds in Derision: Velikovsky vs. Modern Science
In the Beginning: Creationism and Astronomy
Misidentified Flying Objects: UFOs and Illusions of the Mind and Eye
Mars Is in the Seventh House, But Venus Has Left the Building: Why Astrology Doesn't Work
Beam Me Up
Hubble Trouble: Hubble Space Telescope Misconceptions
Star Hustlers: Star Naming for Dummies
Bad Astronomy Goes Hollywood: The Top-Ten Examples of Bad Astronomy in Major Motion Pictures
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