Practical Talks by an Astronomer

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The present volume has not been designed as a systematic treatise on astronomy. There are many excellent books of that kind, suitable for serious students as well as the general reader; but they are necessarily somewhat dry and unattractive, because they must aim at completeness. Completeness means detail, and detail means dryness.

But the science of astronomy contains subjects that admit of detached treatment; and as many of these are precisely the ones of greatest general interest, it has seemed well to select several, and describe them in language free from technicalities. It is hoped that the book will thus prove useful to persons who do not wish to give the time required for a study of astronomy as a whole, but who may take pleasure in devoting a half-hour now and then to a detached essay on some special topic. - Summary from the Preface (4 hr 57 min)


Preface 2:02 Read by Availle
Navigation at Sea 11:52 Read by Barbara Baker
The Pleiades 9:39 Read by J. M. Smallheer
The Pole-Star 12:25 Read by Marty
Nebulae 11:44 Read by Romano
Temporary Stars 13:56 Read by BettyB
Galileo 11:17 Read by DebK
The Planet of 1898 13:43 Read by BettyB
How to Make a Sun-Dial 29:59 Read by Bev J Stevens
Photography in Astronomy 38:59 Read by Mike Pelton
Time Standards of the World 29:03 Read by Bev J Stevens
Motions of the Earth's Pole 9:28 Read by DebK
Saturn's Rings 16:11 Read by Mike Pelton
The Heliometer 11:55 Read by Mike Pelton
Occultations 10:57 Read by Diana Schmidt
Mounting Great Telescopes 18:26 Read by Availle
The Astronomer's Pole 15:51 Read by Lazlo
The Moon Hoax 11:48 Read by J. M. Smallheer
The Sun's Destination 18:21 Read by Kathleen Moore


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