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Rainbows, mirages, multiple moons, black snow, colored shadows, irridescent clouds, halos, green surf, and hundreds of other natural phenomena are clearly and simply explained in this unique book by Professor Minnaert of the University of Utrecht. Written with complete lucidity, it is a book not only for astronomers, physicists, and geographers, but also for artists and ph ...more
Paperback, 416 pages
Published June 1st 1954 by Dover Publications
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Brock Meier
Apr 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is the English translation from the original Dutch, and the translation seems to do it justice.

A dear friend of mine turned me on to this wonderful book, giving me his second copy. I have since bought copies myself, and hand them out to others who might benefit from their incredible observations.

The book is an incredible compendium of hundreds of atmospheric visual phenomena, some of which are familiar but you never knew the physics and optical mechanisms behind them, and many others
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A classic - though a little dated. If you see it in a secondhand bookshop don't hesitate.
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This is a book you can just pick up when something you see puzzles you (I most recently used it to get an explanation for the red color of the eclipsed moon) , or that you can pick up when bored to find one of nature's most enchanting spectacles to cheer and animate you. A good index and organization makes it possible to find particular descriptions. More than anything else, it is Minnaert's near-boyish enthusiasm that makes the book a delight. Describing the Heiligenschein: "If there is any do ...more
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Go outside and use your eyes!
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The bible of atmospherics.
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Marcel Gilles Jozef Minnaert (12 February 1893 – 26 October 1970) was a Dutch astronomer of Belgian origin. He was born in Bruges and died in Utrecht.

Minnaert obtained a PhD in biology at Ghent University in 1914. Later he obtained also a PhD in physics from Utrecht University, under the supervision of Leonard Ornstein.

He was a supporter of the Flemish movement during World War I and endorsed the
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