Many national flags display astronomical features – Sun, Moon, stars – but are they really based on existing astronomical objects? The United States flag sports 50 stars, one for each state, however none of them are linked to real stars. Further, the lunar crescent is often shaped like the Sun being eclipsed by the Moon. At times, stars are seen right next to the crescent, where the darkened disc of the moon should be! This book will present true astronomical objects and patterns highlighted on national flags and link informative capsules about these objects to the political reasons why they were chosen to adorn such an important symbol. (Description from the publisher Springer, 2013)
André G. Bordeleau (B.A., M.A. Political Sc., University of Guelph) has been an amateur astronomer since 1982. He was an active member of the Physics and Astronomy club at the University of Guelph from 1987-1990, where he gave guided tours of the University's observatory and astronomy talks. He was named a Lifetime Honorary Member of the club in 1987. He has been a planetarium lecturer since 1994 and has published an article on pole stars in Sky & Telescope (March 2008). André was a member of the Canadian National Moving Target Rifle Team and competed in the 1984 and 1988 Olympic Trials. He is also the 1984 Ontario Champion in rifle shooting. André was the first person in Southern Ontario to see Halley's Comet in 1986 (confirmed by Terence Dickinson).