This course guides listeners through the sights of the naked- eye sky, wherein we directly witness the effects of the turning and revolving of the Earth, the artistry painted by the human mind using the sky and stars, and how the view changes with time and with our place on the planet.
©2007 James Kaler; (P)2007 Recorded Books
I listened to Professor Kaler's other two excellent lectures which, were more science based than this one (which by its nature is more historical and visual). While I finished the lectures I did run through quickly some of his survey of the sky as it was difficult to follow and a little boring---this type of description is difficult to make interesting without visuals. While the lecture was OK, not nearly as good as the previous two, both of which I highly recommend.
Very informative. I have listened through once and now listening again while taking notes. This is an excellent source for learning about stars, constellations, and much more. I recommend this to any person interested in Astronomy.
I love James Kaler's work because he explains everything to you like you're six, but also in college.
This book is about constellations. That's really it. If you want to know more about stars or general astronomy, this book may feel like a long chapter on constellations. However, if you're a beginning astronomy buff and you really like constellations and want to know everything about them, this book is great.
A word on the narration: I liked it, but it was somewhat slow so I listened to it at 1.15 speed and it was fine. Kaler is easy to listen to, but he's not an over-actor. It's a laid back style, he's obviously interested in the subject material, and I enjoyed his voice all the way through the end. Honestly I am biased - I've read a lot of his books but I'd never heard his voice so I was already on 'his side' when I started listening.
If this book wasn't for you: Try his '100 Greatest Stars' book. That's still my fave.
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