The Monthly Sky Guide

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The Fifth Edition of Ian Ridpath and Wil Tirion's famous guide to the night sky is updated for planet positions and forthcoming eclipses up to the end of the year 2004. It includes the latest star data from the Hipparcos satellite.

The book contains a chapter on each month of the year and is an easy-to-use handbook for anyone wanting to identify constellations, star clusters, nebulae, galaxies and meteor showers, to plot the movement of planets, or to witness solar and lunar ...

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Overview

The Fifth Edition of Ian Ridpath and Wil Tirion's famous guide to the night sky is updated for planet positions and forthcoming eclipses up to the end of the year 2004. It includes the latest star data from the Hipparcos satellite.

The book contains a chapter on each month of the year and is an easy-to-use handbook for anyone wanting to identify constellations, star clusters, nebulae, galaxies and meteor showers, to plot the movement of planets, or to witness solar and lunar eclipses. Most of the features discussed are visible to the naked eye and all can be seen with a small telescope or binoculars. The Monthly Sky Guide offers a clear and simple introduction to the skies of the northern hemisphere for beginners of all ages.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521133692
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 10/5/2009
  • Edition number: 8
  • Pages: 75
  • Sales rank: 1,404,115
  • Product dimensions: 8.22 (w) x 11.74 (h) x 0.21 (d)

Meet the Author

Ian Ridpath is an English astronomy writer and broadcaster, who is also the editor of the Oxford Dictionary of Astronomy and Norton's Star Atlas. He is a recipient of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific's Klumpkeā€“Roberts Award for outstanding contributions to the public understanding and appreciation of astronomy.

Wil Tirion is a Dutch celestial cartographer, widely regarded as the world's leading exponent of this art. He is author of The Cambridge Star Atlas and Sky Atlas 2000.0.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 7
Finding Your Way 14
January 17
February 21
March 25
April 29
May 33
June 37
July 41
August 45
September 49
October 53
November 57
December 61
Index 64
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2004

    Must-have book for avid sky watchers!

    I discovered this book with the 5th edition and loved it so much that I just had to update to the 6th edition. The 6th edition includes all the planet and eclipse information from 2003 to 2007. It appears that the B&N description above is wrong regarding the dates covered in this book (it is in fact describing the date range covered in the 5th edition). I can't speak highly enough of this book if you want a simple reference to learn about constellations and things to look at in the sky. After a brief description of sky terminology, the book is divided up into months. It highlights things to observe in the sky for each month. It is written in easy to understand language - you don't have to be an expert in sky-talk to understand it. One note, for those who may own the 5th edition - most of the text is the same - it highlights the same constellations each month, etc. It does include a new section on viewing satellites and of course it now goes through 2007 for planet viewing information. This book is well worth every penny!

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