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Author Plait, Philip C.

Title Bad astronomy : misconceptions and misuses revealed, from astrology to the moon landing 'hoax' / Philip C. Plait.

Imprint New York, N.Y. : Wiley, c2002.


Location Call No. OPAC Message Status
 FSCC Non-Fiction  520 Pla 2002    ---  Available
Description vii, 277 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. 259-262) and index.
Contents Bad astronomy begins at home. The yolk's on you : egg balancing the equinox -- Flushed with embarrassment : the coriolis effect and your bathroom -- Idiom's delight : bad astronomy in everyday language -- From the earth to themoon. 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.
Subject Astronomy -- Popular works
Errors, Scientific.
ISBN 0471409766

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