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Bad astronomy : misconceptions and misuses revealed, from astrology to the moon landing 'hoax'

Author: Philip C Plait
Publisher: New York : Wiley, ©2002.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Describes the science behind many astronomy-related misconceptions and hoaxes covering such topics as meteors, eclipses, UFOs, the big bang theory, and the moon landing.
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Genre/Form: Miscellanea
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Philip C Plait
ISBN: 0471409766 9780471409762
OCLC Number: 48885221
Description: vii, 277 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
Contents: pt. 1 Bad astronomy begins at home : The yolks on you : egg balancing and the Equinox --
Flushed with embarrassment : the Coriolis Effect and your bathroom --
Idiom's delight : bad astronomy in everyday language. pt. 2 From the earth to the moon : 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. pt. 3 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. pt. 4 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. pt. 5 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.
Responsibility: Philip C. Plait ; [illustrations by Tina Cash Walsh].
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Describes the science behind many astronomy-related misconceptions and hoaxes covering such topics as meteors, eclipses, UFOs, the big bang theory, and the moon landing.

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