The day time observations of stars from the bottom of chimneys and wells is an old astronomical chestnut. This paper reviews the reports of these legendary occurrences and the attempts made to verify the observations scientifically. After considering the ability of the naked eye to pick out stars against a bright sky background it is concluded that looking up chimneys is the last thing one should do if one wants to see stars.
Quarterly Journal of the Royal Astronomical Society
- Pub Date:
- September 1983