Stars Above, Earth Below: A Guide to Astronomy in the National Parks (Springer Praxis Books / Popular Astronomy)

Stars Above, Earth Below: A Guide to Astronomy in the National Parks (Springer Praxis Books / Popular Astronomy)
Stars Above, Earth Below uses photographs and sky charts to form a connection between what is seen on the ground and in the sky, and looks at the deeper scientific meaning behind these sights.  Nordgren describes other objects in the Solar System with features similar to those on Earth and links the geological features seen in the national parks to the very latest NASA spacecraft discoveries on other planets and their moons.  Additionally, historical context is discussed to show why we humans (who have lived in and around our national parts for tens of thousands of years) have always been astronomers.

  • The first book to make direct connections between astronomy and the landscapes, processes and cultures one experiences in the US National Parks
  • Each chapter ties a specific astronomical phenomenon to a particular National Park or type of park and concludes with a “See for yourself” section that shows you how to see the planets, stars, nebulae, moons, etc. that are described within that chapter
  • A personal guide showing the reader the astronomical phenomena that you can see for yourself when visiting the U.S. National Parks

Details Stars Above, Earth Below: A Guide to Astronomy in the National Parks (Springer Praxis Books / Popular Astronomy)

Title Stars Above, Earth Below: A Guide to Astronomy in the National Parks (Springer Praxis Books / Popular Astronomy)
AuthorTyler Nordgren
Release Date21st May 2010
Pages444 pages

7 reviews on “Stars Above, Earth Below: A Guide to Astronomy in the National Parks (Springer Praxis Books / Popular Astronomy)

  1. Michael L. Merriman

    This book does a great job of integrating the author’s love of our National Parks with his enthusiasm for astronomy. Dr. Nordgren does a great job of linking the earthbound features/phenomena in Parks with astronomical features/phenomena. It has easily used star maps and fantastic photos of the heavens above our National Parks. I really enjoyed the way the author linked his personal experiences at the Parks with a different astronomy lesson. Each chapter ends with some do-it-yourself astronomy projects that allow the reader his own personal experience with the subject matter. Dr. Nordgren includes numerous helpful and fun astronomy websites that also help further the lessons he is gently teaching.I have already ordered a second copy to give to my father….

  2. Zaida

    This book is a joy to read and the gentle astronomical lessons learned will enhance your night sky appreciation. Whether you choose a chapter at random from the theme of the National Park that strikes your fancy, or choose to read the chapters in order, you will still appreciate and be able to use the list of star maps by month. Dr. Nordgren’s photography of our National Parks and the beauty they exhibit in displaying the Milky Way are spectacular. The way the author integrates his personal experience in our National Parks as the stars above display their magnificence, is both humbling and enlightening. The book can be enjoyed by astronomer, photographers, and nature lovers everywhere….

  3. Customer

    Being a National Parks enthusiast, biologist, astronomy buff, and teacher, I would have picked up this book anyway. Now that I’ve read a majority of the pages, a copy of this book is now a new and permanent edition to my home.What initially hooked me where Dr Nordgren’s photos. Although the book doesn’t do justice by some, most are stunning, and capture a unique perspective of the night sky. As I read whatever chapter I desired, I found myself caught up in remarkable aspects of astronomy, native history, legends and quotes, and the author’s personal experience all interwoven to highlight the awe of nature, and our links to the Universe through the eyes of the human spirit.At one point, naively, I opened the book to Chapter Two: Black Hole Sun. Black holes are cool, I think, and I’m ready for a lesson like black holes, white dwarfs, neutron stars, etc. I read about Moon and Sun eclipses, a special one over Grand Teton, Moon migration, its alignment with the Sun and the Earth, person…

  4. Dormobile Dude

    I used the relevant chapter on my recent trip to Chaco Culture NHP in New Mexico. It definitely enhanced our visit. It is a fun book with a unique approach….

  5. Leatha Goar

    I really enjoy this book. As an avid amateur astronomer, I have many dozens of astronomy books, but this one is unique. It not only makes the case for the great resource of dark skies in our national parks, but ties in the geology of the parks to that of neighboring worlds in the solar system. It also addresses the cultural aspects of our parks with respect to astronomy. I have not finished all the chapters, but it is a very rich read. Well worth the price. I have learned a lot already. The last chapter (Starry Night National Park) is supurb….

  6. Patricia

    A comprehensive guide to the galaxies above us, comparing the landscapes of our National Parks to what we think are on other planets. An ingenious book which takes us gently through various rolling hills, reverently viewing massive arches formed millions of years ago and glancing down precipitous canyons at our National Parks. At night the Milky Way shows itself above these parks and Professor Nordgren recounts the history of the skies and gives us the ideal months to visit the Parks of our choice. If you like star gazing and enjoying our Parks System, this is a must-have book for you. I bought copies for my family and friends….

  7. Byung Soo Kim

    I’ve just finished this book.Dr. Nordgren did an excellent job.He not only connects the earthly landscape to heavenly bodies seamlessly, but also narrates mythology, archaeology and light pollution in a very interesting way.And most of all, all of the astronomical information is precise and up to date.It was very touching to read such a book since I love both astronomy and geology.I live in South Korea where there’s no real dark sky.I envy you Americans for having such beautiful National Parks.On top of that, I got to know there are people to enthusiastically protect their own treasure.I am already planning to visit some of National Parks in Utah next spring.I’ll pack my camping gears and binoculars to really appreciate the beauty of the night sky in the heart of most exceptional places….

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