By Arnold, Naomi
Meet the night sky, down under From eclipses to aurorae, comets to constellations, this is the story of the night sky above Aotearoa New Zealand. It looks at what is special about our southern skies, which have only been explored very recently compared to those in the northern he...misphere. It showcases our 'family of light', the major stars and objects of our sky and their associated meanings, history and cultural importance, explains Polynesian celestial navigation, which brought the first people here, and Maori astronomy or tatai arorangi, which helped people live here once they arrived. Finally, it delves into modern astronomy, covering some of New Zealand's amateur and professional scientific astronomers and their research, and looks at our observatories and the increasing popularity of dark sky tourism.Read more
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Naomi Arnold is an award-winning journalist and natural history writer. She writes about everything, but particularly loves stories about people, science, the environment, travel, and outdoor adventure. She spent three months reporting on science from Antarctica, a month covering the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, and in 2013 traveled the United States for six weeks, investigating the digital delivery of long form feature writing as part of the University of Canterbury's Robert Bell Scholarship.
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