Weird Astronomy: Tales of Unusual, Bizarre, and Other Hard by David A.J. Seargent

By David A.J. Seargent

You exit for a night’s watching and search for on the sky. There are the entire traditional suspects—a splattering of stars, the Moon, Venus, probably Mercury and Mars. might be you could determine a few of the constellations. while you are utilizing binoculars or a small telescope, you will see that many wonders no longer printed to the bare eye yet nonetheless renowned to telescope clients for hundreds of years. yet what should you search for and notice anything thoroughly new, whatever unexplainable. Do your eyes misinform you? Are you actually seeing what you think that you're seeing? What when you do? during this interesting account of the numerous oddball issues humans – from amateur astronomers to qualified specialists – have saw through the years, you can be brought to a couple of strange – and infrequently nonetheless unexplainable – phenomena happening in our often commonplace and reassuring skies. What precisely did they see? What discoveries those strange sightings? What continues to be unexplained? as well as the debts, you will discover scattered in the course of the ebook a few recommended astronomy tasks for you to do your self. The tasks diversity from very easy to a section tougher, yet all are enjoyable and all are very instructive approximately strange sightings. make sure to try out them!

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Included in this work is Pingre’s account of a large flightless bird known, thanks to its seemingly unsociable nature, as the Solitaire (Pesophaps solitaire). This bird was actually a relative of the Dodo and, alas, has now gone the way of its famous cousin. Pingre apparently did not actually see the Solitaire with his own eyes, but he was assured by an inhabitant of the island that a small number still existed there at the time. This second-hand report is our only evidence that the bird existed on Rodrigues as late as 1761.

Pingre apparently did not actually see the Solitaire with his own eyes, but he was assured by an inhabitant of the island that a small number still existed there at the time. This second-hand report is our only evidence that the bird existed on Rodrigues as late as 1761. At the time, this was little more than a curiosity. Detailed knowledge of this avian oddity did not come until 1874; courtesy of another transit of Venus! Gone the way of the Dodo. Alas! Illustration of the now-extinct Solitaire Pesophaps Solitair.

This seemed quite a straightforward explanation. After all, if something waddles and quacks, chances are that it is really a duck, and if something looks like a bridge of rock with sunlight streaming under the arch, chances are it is exactly that. Moreover, in the early 1950s, there did not seem to be any reason to doubt that such a thing could exist on our nearest neighbor. 22 Weird Astronomy Yet, not everyone was happy with this explanation. Even ­ irgilio Brenna, whose 1963 book The Moon contained a spectacV ular artist’s depiction of the bridge as supposedly seen from the lunar surface, had his doubts about the feature’s reality.

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