Weird Weather: Tales of Astronomical and Atmospheric Anomalies (Astronomers' Universe)

Weird Weather: Tales of Astronomical and Atmospheric Anomalies (Astronomers' Universe)

Language: English

Pages: 360

ISBN: 1461430690

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

This book is, in a sense, a sequel to David Seargent's first Springer book Weird Astronomy (2010). Whereas Weird Astronomy extended over a broad range of purely astronomical topics, the present work concentrates on phenomena closer to home; the atmospheric and "shallow space" events as opposed to deep space events. The line between astronomy and meteorology is blurred - a fact that is discussed in Weird Weather. It is not primarily a book of "wonders" or of the unexplained, although some of the topics covered remain mysteries. It is primarily directed toward those who are fascinated by climate and weather, and who are open-minded when considering Earth's climate, what drives it, and what are the causes of climate change. The author, David A. J. Seargent, presents the facts with a balanced and scientific approach.

Weird Weather: Tales of Astronomical and Atmospheric Anomalies is about strange, unusual, and apparently inexplicable observations of the air and sky. Primarily these are in the Earth's atmosphere, but there are corresponding phenomena in the atmospheres of other planets of the Solar System - lightning on Venus, Jupiter, and Saturn, whirlwinds and dust storms of Mars, and auroras on Jupiter. Topics include anomalous lights, anomalous sounds, spectacular effects of cloud illumination by the Sun or Moon, lightning phenomena, electrophonic sounds of lightning, aurora and meteors, tornado and whirlwind phenomena on Earth and Mars, usual atmospheric effects, mirages, and the possible astronomical influences on cloud and climate.

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Succession to produce the persistent sound that was heard. The noise could not have come from the rattle of hail because the cross-section of the cloud was too small for hail formation. The tell-tale statement here is “the cloud apparently marked the meeting place of two oppositely directed currents of air …” Although there is no mention of rotation of the cloud, it appears most likely that this was a remarkable instance of a horizontal funnel cloud formed in a vortex triggered by the.

Right word in this context, but it is probably the best we can call upon under such circumstances as the experience of clearly perceiving the polarization of light is so far beyond our ken that we have no word to describe it. After all, how can we know from the “inside” as it were, how a fish or a honey bee sees the world? Note however that we said “clearly perceiving.” Although the fact is not widely appreciated, we human beings are not completely blind to the polarized property of light. We.

Have passed unnoticed by at least one member of the party, even in broad daylight. Moreover, even had the meteor itself been somehow missed, there would very probably have been a persistent smoke trail in the sky which is not likely to have remained unseen by a party scrutinizing the surroundings for the source of a mystery sound. Earthquake sounds have also been suggested as the firing mechanism of the phantom guns, however no convincing correlation with seismic disturbances has been.

The nocturnal landscape. These mystery lights have a long history and have served as the source of much superstitious lore and many a folk tale over the years. From the corpse candle to the flying saucer, human imagination more than human reason has often come to the fore in the quest for understanding of these strange glowing denizens of the dark. Although the division is not entirely clear cut, nocturnal lights can be roughly separated into two broad classifications; those that occur close to.

Objects is given in terms of a magnitude scale in which each step of one magnitude represents a difference in brightness of 2.512 times; the larger positive values being fainter. Thus, a star of first magnitude or magnitude +1 is 2.514 times brighter than a star of second and 2.514 times fainter than one of zero magnitude. A star of magnitude −1 is 6.46 (2.5412) times brighter than one of magnitude +1 and a star of magnitude 5 is 2.5415  =  105.9 times fainter than one of magnitude zero.

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