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The Light of the Night Sky


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From Day to Twilight to Night.- 1.1. The Day Sky - The Blue Planet.- 1.2. The Twilight Sky.- 1.3. The Human Eye and Its Adaptation to Low Light Levels.- 1.4. The Night Sky.- References.- Star Counts and Starlight.- 2.1. Plan of Selected Areas.- 2.2. Modified Star Counting.- 2.3. Distribution of Integrated Starlight over the Sky.- 2.4. Distribution of Starlight over the Sky.- 2.5. Photometric Map of the Sky Based on Star Counts.- 2.6. The Total Light from the Stars.- 2.7. Our Felicitous Location in the Galaxy.- Appendix 2-A. Star Gaging (Herschel) and Star Counts.- Appendix 2-B. Photometric Units in Surface Photometry.- References.- The Zodiacal Light and Gegenschein.- 3.1. Polarization of the Zodiacal Light.- 3.2. The Gegenschein.- References.- The Night Airglow or Nightglow.- 4.1. The Nightglow - Static or Dynamic?.- 4.2. Sources of Nightglow.- 4.3. Photochemical Reactions in the Upper Atmosphere.- 4.4. The Nightglow from Space: the Exosphere and Geocorona.- 4.5. Midlatitude Stable Auroral Arcs (M/SAR).- 4.6. The Polar Aurora.- 4.7. Effect of Nightglows on LONS Studies.- Appendix 4-A. The Change in Brightness of a Nightglow Layer with Zenith Distance.- References.- Dust-scattered Starlight - The Diffuse Galactic Light.- References.- Dust - Interplanetary and Interstellar.- 6.1. The Zodiacal Dust Cloud.- 6.2. Interstellar Dust.- References.- Cosmic Light and Cosmology.- References.- Epilogue.- References.

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