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Posted on Tuesday, May 24, 2016
By Kadri

Solar System Maps: From Antiquity to the Space Age by Nick Kanas

Maps give us information about where we are, and a way to see the relative distance between places, etc. So do the maps of our Solar System.

This book tells us about the Solar system and the objects therein through maps and provides a lot of background information about the map, the worldview that it presents, how that worldview changed (or didn't) and what other kinds of information you might find on it if you know where and how to look - who is holding a world system or how it's positioned, what other symbols are used etc.

Although the book focuses on the maps of the solar system, the reader gains a lot of insight to how our knowledge of the solar system has changed, who have been the force to change one idea for another one, and also tells what we know about the Solar system at the present time.

The book is also visually awesome and a great treat for anyone who loves to study maps.

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Posted on Tuesday, May 24, 2016
By Kadri

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Posted on Thursday, May 19, 2016
By Kadri

Jupiter and its four Galilean moons. Credit: Kadri Tinn

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Posted on Thursday, May 19, 2016
By Kadri


Jupiter and three of its Galilean Moons on May 17th, 2016.  Credit: Kadri Tinn

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Posted on Wednesday, May 18, 2016
By Kadri

Light Pollution: Responses and Remedies by Bob Mizon

If you live in a city and are interested in astronomy, you're probably aware of what light pollution is and what it can do - how it affects human life, animals, and observing the sky.

This book introduces light pollution in a way that shows that you can actually deal with it, have light pollution in your back garden, and still have a menagerie of astronomical objects to observe if you so choose.

I found the latter part the most fascinating, because in a lot of cases light pollution is presented just as a nuisance (which it certainly is), than could and should be dealt with, but it doesn't show any way how to bypass it, Bob Mizon's "Light Pollution" does.

This book is a good eyeopener for an amateur who might be fed up with just observing the Moon and planets - read it, and you'll find out what else you can observe, or how you can change your observing equipment so that you can observe more objects.

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Posted on Wednesday, May 18, 2016
By Kadri
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Posted on Wednesday, May 18, 2016
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