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An Introduction

Hermann von Baravalle

60 pp.  
8 1/2" x 11"




A naked-eye approach to the study of astronomy. This book covers observation of: stars in a single night and over the course of the year; stars and sun in the tropical, arctic, and Antarctic regions; sun in the day and the year; moon as pointer to the sun; planets and Zodiac constellations.The truly valid introduction to the stars is a walk through open country on a clear night with the gaze turned heavenward. The watcher must be filled with wonder if he or she really looks at what is one of the most awesome spectacles possible in this earthly life. If the contemplative, questioning mood is allowed to prevail, the sky itself answers the questions that arise within the observers as they look. The methods outlined in this book embrace important educational and human values because they stimulate a rich gymnastic of the mind, which systematically strengthens the mental powers.

Students of the stars who utilize these methods will thus find them an aid to immediate observation of the stars, while at the same time a foundation is established to trace the discoveries of astronomy through successive historical eras. Once students confront the actual astronomical phenomena in the heavens, a safe basis is established on which different views and conclusions can come together in one's understanding. By developing their own powers of observation and thinking about the stars, students can open inwardly and increase their strength for penetrating the realities of the surrounding worlds.

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