Today’s Important Goodreads “First Magnitude by James Kaler”

As the world’s population increases cities grow larger and a view looking down at Earth from space shows that the lights from cities and towns across the world are not diminishing but growing. Light pollution is blotting out all the brightest objects in nighttime sky.

The book is dealing with Sun, Moon, and classical planets, delve into a lot of territory that would be covered in elementary astronomy classes.

One of the most interesting star tidbits of all to chew on is that those bright, first magnitude stars that catch our eye are not at all representative of what really exists in our galaxy.

First Magnitude by James Kaler

Vast majority of all stars in the “Milky Way” are red dwarfs, which cannot even be seen with the unaided eye. So the massive luminous stars that rule the constellations we observe are basically anomalies in our galaxy.

Kaler’s book in fact it is more of a primer on the basic facts behind the bright objects. The book contains how stars have gotten their names and sometimes various names for one star in different ways over the millennia.

The types of each star and their lifecycles are also reviewed in this book before the sky’s 23 brightest stars are looked at in detail.

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