Does the sun always rise exactly in the east? What are supermoons and are they really so big? What is the relationship between the apparent path of the sun and the zodiac signs? Why did the ancient Egyptians worship the bright star Sirius and how is the star connected to the phrase “dog days”? What stars did ancient armies use for testing their soldiers’ eyesight? Which is the most accurate calendar in use? What is the Antikythera mechanism and could it really predict eclipses? How is astronomy connected to the famous painter Vincent van Gogh? This book provides the answers to these and a number of other similar questions in a simple and concise manner without the use of equations or complicated mathematics. It is the aim of the book to break away from the limitations of a simple introduction to astronomy and to discuss issues that will interest the average reader but that are not always covered in science books. In this sense it will provide a useful tool for amateur astronomers, science teachers wishing to inspire pupils, and, above all, for all of those wishing to obtain a better understanding of what is happening around them. Half of the net profits of the author will be donated to the organisation Astronomers Without Borders
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Table of contents
Chapter 1: Just a grain of sand
Chapter 2: Turning around
Chapter 3: The closest star
Chapter 4: What is your real zodiac sign?
Chapter 5: Queen moon
Chapter 6: Blue, harvest and blood moons
Chapter 7: A matter of gravity
Chapter 8: Counting the stars