Stars Above, Earth Below: A Guide to Astronomy in the National Parks

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"Stars Above, Earth Below: A Guide to Astronomy in the National Parks" is a literary and photographic journey through the national parks of the United States, tracing the night skies as they relate to the iconic geological formations of the Grand Canyon, Yosemite, and several of America’s other natural treasures.

It blends astronomy, geology, history, folklore and the arts with the natural beauty of 12 national parks, and explores the modern-day disappearance of night skies and natural open space in our world. Touching on the Dark Sky movement and the topic of light pollution, author Tyler Nordgren positions the national parks as some of the last places on Earth where one can experience the natural world and the galaxies above.

This is the first book to make direct connections between astronomy and the natural landscapes and human culture shaped over time in the national parks. Dr. Nordgren uses photographs and sky charts to reflect this dynamic between the tangible world by day, and the infinite universe by night.

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Where to Purchase Stars Above, Earth Below

Publisher: Springer-Praxis Books

1st Edition, 2010, Approx. 200 p. 192 illus., 170 in color

ISBN: 978-1-4419-1648-8


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