The Light of the Night Sky

  • F.E. Roach
  • Janet L. Gordon

Part of the Geophysics and Astrophysics Monographs book series (EPIS, volume 8)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XII
  2. F.E. Roach, Janet L. Gordon
    Pages 1-9
  3. F.E. Roach, Janet L. Gordon
    Pages 11-35
  4. F.E. Roach, Janet L. Gordon
    Pages 37-46
  5. F.E. Roach, Janet L. Gordon
    Pages 47-81
  6. F.E. Roach, Janet L. Gordon
    Pages 83-88
  7. F.E. Roach, Janet L. Gordon
    Pages 89-106
  8. F.E. Roach, Janet L. Gordon
    Pages 107-117
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 119-126

About this book


Astronomy appears to us as a combination of art, science, and philosophy. Its study puts the universe into perspective, giving a sense of pleasure in its beauty, awe at its immensity, and humility at our trivial place in it. From earliest human history, man has scrutinized the night sky - and wondered and marveled. With unaided eye but perceptive mind, he recognized order in the regular appearance and movements of individual objects, such as the planets and star groups (constellations), in their rhythmic and majestic progressions across the bowl of night. Even in the present era of scientific exactitude, there remains a profound awareness of mysteries beyond our present interpretations. It is only in comparatively recent years, however, that man has recognized that it takes more than conventional astronomy to account for the beauties ofthe night sky. Radiations in the Earth's upper atmosphere provide a foreground light, the study of which has come under a new name, aeronomy. The science of aeronomy has rapidly burgeoned, and the student of the light of the night sky finds that he is involved in an interdisciplinary domain.


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Authors and affiliations

  • F.E. Roach
    • 1
    • 2
  • Janet L. Gordon
    • 3
  1. 1.Rutgers, The State UniversityNewarkUSA
  2. 2.University of HawaiiHonoluluUSA
  3. 3.Bernice P. Bishop MuseumHonoluluUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1973
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-90-277-0294-4
  • Online ISBN 978-94-010-2553-9
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