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Field Guide to Stars and Planets
     

Field Guide to Stars and Planets

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by Jay M. Pasachoff, Donald H. Menzel
 

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Updated through 2010, this field guide for the new millennium is a must-have for anyone interested in the night sky.
The fourth edition of this best-selling field guide has been completely revised and updated to include the latest information from leading astronomical sources. All the time-sensitive material is new and valid through 2010: solar eclipses,

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Updated through 2010, this field guide for the new millennium is a must-have for anyone interested in the night sky.
The fourth edition of this best-selling field guide has been completely revised and updated to include the latest information from leading astronomical sources. All the time-sensitive material is new and valid through 2010: solar eclipses, phases of the moon, positions of the planets, and more. Twenty-four Monthly Sky Maps, all newly revised and in color, show exactly what you'll see when facing north or south in the night sky. Fifty-two Atlas Charts, also revised and in color, cover the entire sky, including close-ups of areas of special interest such as the Pleiades and the Orion Nebula. The hundreds of thousands of devoted users of the previous editions of this guide have been eagerly awaiting this new volume so they can continue to enjoy their hobby in the coming decades.

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Country Living
Brimming with dazzling celestial photographs and timely astronomical information, the newly revised Peterson Field Guide to the Stars and Planets is a must-have resource for any amateur stargazer.
St. Louis post-dispatch
An excellent introduction to astronomy for beginners and a field guide for experts.
Booknews
Substantially expanded (new color photos) and revised since the last edition published a decade ago, this field guide serves as a sky tour for amateurs and a reference to data (through 1997) for more experienced observers. Includes 72 star maps and 52 atlas charts. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780395346419
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
12/01/1983
Series:
Peterson Field Guides
Edition description:
2nd ed., completely rev. and enl
Pages:
448

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The moon is often the most prominent object in the nighttime sky. The moon is somewhat more than one-quarter the diameter of the earth. This makes it the largest substantial satellite (moon) in the solar system in comparison to its parent planet. (Three moons of Jupiter and one each of Neptune and Saturn are physically larger than our moon; Pluto’s small moon Charon is nearly half Pluto’s size.) The moon orbits the earth every 271-3 days with respect to the stars. But during that time, the earth and moon have moved as a system about 1-12 of the way in their yearly orbit around the sun. So if the moon at a certain point in its orbit is directly between the earth and the sun, 271-3 days later it has not quite returned to that point directly between the earth and the sun. The moon must orbit the earth a bit farther to get back to the same place with respect to the line between the earth and the sun. The moon reaches this point in a couple of days, making the synodic period of the moon equal to 291-2 days. (The synodic period is the interval between two successive conjunctions—coming to the same celestial longitude—of two celestial bodies, in this case conjunctions of the moon and sun as observed from the earth.) It is the synodic months that are taken into account in lunar calendars.

Meet the Author

Roger Tory Peterson, one of the world's greatest naturalists, received every major award for ornithology, natural science, and conservation as well as numerous honorary degrees, medals, and citations, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The Peterson Identification System has been called the greatest invention since binoculars. These editions include updated material by Michael O'Brien, Paul Lehman, Bill Thompson III, Michael DiGiorgio, Larry Rosche, and Jeffrey A. Gordon.

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Field Guide to Stars and Planets 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This little book has it all. While doing a research project, I discovered that this was one of the only resources that listed more than 50 of the brightest stars. It has a very complete listing of variable stars (both long and short period), multiple stars, nearst stars, proerties of spectral types, etc, etc... and that's just the appendix. The information is complete, and the format is and easy to understand. As an Intermediate Amateur Astronomer, I feel that if I could only own 1 guide to the stars, this would be it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm a student that thrives on knowledge of stars and this book is the ultamit guide to stars and planets. I got it last year and I use it pratically every day. I love the atlas charts on every constellation. Appendix 2 The Brightest stars provided tons of information on all of the brightest stars in the night sky.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm an astronomy educator. When people want to do star gazing, and they are looking for a resource, THIS is what I recommend. SO much information in such a little book! Fits in a backpack or glove box, because it's not the book you have, it's the book you have WITH you.  Even better than an ap or internet connection. It's. All. Right. There. Passachoff is a great writer and Tirion is THE name in astronomy maps. Read this, cover to cover, and you will know astronomy. Use it as a quick reference guide, and it's all you'll ever need for star gazing. Can't say enough.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Everything I know about the heavens above I learned from this book! I love it!