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Watchers of the skies: an informal history of astronomy from Babylon to the space age.

Author: Willy Ley
Publisher: New York, Viking Press [1963]
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Ley, Willy, 1906-1969.
Watchers of the skies.
New York, Viking Press [1963]
(OCoLC)891461446
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Willy Ley
OCLC Number: 1561744
Description: xiii, 528 pages illustrations, portraits 25 cm
Contents: pt. 1. A science grows up. From Chaldea to Cos --
The Greek astronomers --
From Pliny the Elder to Iohannes de Sacrobosco --
De revolutionibus orbium coelesticum / Copernicus --
The invention of the telescope and the "new astronomy" --
From Galileo Galilei to Sir Isaac Newton --
Dr. Edmond Halley and the "year of the comet" --
The celestial century --
pt. 2. Our solar system. Mercury and "Vulcan" --
Venus --
Earth and its vicinity --
Mars --
The "gap" between Mars and Jupiter --
Jupiter --
Saturn --
Uranus --
Neptune --
Planet X --
pt. 3. Approximate infinity. Parallaxes and parsecs --
The nearest star --
Stars, clusters, and galaxies --
Life in the universe and the concept of the ecosphere --
The search for other civilizations.

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