By Christopher Dewdney

ISBN-10: 1408820404

ISBN-13: 9781408820407

We organize for it each one night, and spend part our lives in its include, but evening keeps its mysteries. In accustomed to THE evening, writer and poet Christopher Dewdney takes readers on a desirable trip in the course of the nocturnal realm. Twelve chapters correspond to the twelve hours of an 'ideal' evening, beginning at 6pm and finishing at 6am, and function issues of departure for night's vital issues; from sunsets, nocturnal animals, bedtime tales, gala's of the evening, fireworks, nightclubs, astronomy, sleep and desires, to the graveyard shift, women of the evening, the artwork of evening, and unending nights. With boundless interest, a lyrical, intimate tone, and one eye on night-time beauties either common and artifical, Dewdney paints a charming portrait of the nighttimes.

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Farther north, at 45 °N, the latitude of Milan, Bordeaux, Halifax, and Minneapolis, the earth's rotational speed is even slower, 1,180 kilometers per hour, or 733 miles per hour. Rotational speed decreases to 0 miles per hour at each pole, which, combined with the low angle of the sun, is why sunsets last longer at higher latitudes and why above the Arctic Circle sunsets can last for weeks. ) In contrast to the poles, the speed of night is fastest at the equator, where the tropical night falls quickly, "like a curtain," as British colonialists were fond of intoning.

Inside this utter blackness the embryos of stars and galaxies began to form. Eventually, at some point about fourteen billion years ago, the nuclear fires of an original star ignited and the first starlight shone in the darkness. More and more stars began to catch fire and eventually they formed the first galaxies. Gradually the dark space between these stars and galaxies became the largest part of the continuously expanding universe and provided the darkness necessary for a night sky. So the very first night in the universe occurred then, a little less than fourteen billion years ago, on a barren planet or asteroid orbiting the youngest star there ever was.

M. IT IS SIX O'CLOCK in the evening of our universal day, with its twelve hours of sunshine and twelve hours of night. The heat of the afternoon is beginning to diminish and the light breezes that played through the open windows a few hours ago have become more occasional. The shadows of buildings and trees are lengthening, and as they stretch and intermingle, they begin to form the foundation of a twilight that will eventually rise and blend with the deeper twilight of night. Behind the buildings and trees the sun is sinking rapidly and its red disc is already touching the horizon.

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