New illustration added to our eBook, “The Tales of Astro Cat”, Chapter “Principia”. This one portrays Sir Isaac Newton in later years posing with his beloved friend and assistant, Alfred, who became the first honorary member of the Royal S
ociety. The chapter covers the period where Newton retires from the Society to work on alchemical experiments. During one of those experiments, he wears Alfred’s Purple Cone Hat with disasterous results. Get your copy to find out more about the life of Astro Cat at Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble.com and Smashwords.com. You’ll never see Einstein, Newton or Galileo in quite the same way!
A new illustration from our book, “The Tales of Astro Cat’, Chapter “The Generations”. Excerpt illustration:
“Saraphina was so called because she loved to spend her evenings gazing at the moon. She was, as her forbears had been, an expert mouser, but when her work was done she would find a place in the garden under the open sky. In later years she began to scratch large crater-like holes in the ground – to the wonderment and dismay of the friars. They found her one night, the breath of her life having left her, but her eyes still gazing peacefully at the moon.”
Illustration from the book where William Herschel discovers the planet, Uranus, “The Tales of Astro Cat”, Chapter, “The Herschels”. Excerpt from the chapter where Jovianna (Astro Cat), beloved cat of the Herschels assists in the discovery of Uranus: “Ask her, then.” said William. “While I personally might give some weight to her opinion, I’m not sure if the astronomers of Europe would be convinced.” Caroline turned to Jovianna and asked, “So, what do you think, Liebchen, comet or planet?”. The cat bounded over to an empty wax tablet and made some scratch marks. “Planet, says the cat! William, you have discovered the seventh planet! Why won’t you just admit it?” William replied, “I will be the last to declare it a planet. After consensus has been reached I will say so. But,” he added, “I’ve got priority!” He grinned widely and gave a quick wink to Jovianna. “The Tales of Astro Cat”, copyright 2012.
Chapter Fifteen: Halley and his Comet; Chapter Seventeen: The King’s Astronomer; Chapter Twenty: Maria Mitchell
Inquiry Question: What are comets? What makes them unique among objects in the sky? How were astronomers like Edmund Halley able to tell the difference?
*”Halley’s Comet” was last visible from Earth in 1986. Ask your parents, or grandparents, if they were able to see Halley’s Comet.
*Show pictures of comets and explain their composition. Explain the features that astronomers look for. Explain how astronomers measure speed, trajectory and other behaviors when identifying comets.
* Why did some people have doubts about Halley’s ability to predict the comet’s return?
* Describe the discoveries of Caroline Herschel and Maria Mitchell during their telescopic sweeps of the sky.
Illustration from the book, Chapter “Hubble”: Sphinx meditating on the Andromeda Galaxy while her beloved friend and mentor, Edwin Hubble, studies the galaxy inside behind the 100 inch Hooker telescope….history is made that night. (The Tales of Astro Cat © 2012)