The Monthly Sky Guide

The Monthly Sky Guide

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by Ian Ridpath, Wil Tirion
     
 

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The ninth edition of Ian Ridpath and Wil Tirion's famous guide to the night sky is updated with planet positions and forthcoming eclipses to the end of the year 2017. It contains twelve chapters describing the main sights visible in each month of the year, providing an easy-to-use companion for anyone wanting to identify prominent stars, constellations, star clusters,…  See more details below

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The ninth edition of Ian Ridpath and Wil Tirion's famous guide to the night sky is updated with planet positions and forthcoming eclipses to the end of the year 2017. It contains twelve chapters describing the main sights visible in each month of the year, providing an easy-to-use companion for anyone wanting to identify prominent stars, constellations, star clusters, nebulae and galaxies; to watch out for meteor showers ('shooting stars'); or to follow the movements of the four brightest planets, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn. Most of the sights described are visible to the naked eye and all are within reach of binoculars or a small telescope. This revised and updated edition includes sections on observing the Moon and the planets, with a comprehensive Moon map. 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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Praise for the Previous Edition:

'Wil Tirion's charts are justly famous. With Ian Ridpath's words, the combination is hard to beat.' - Popular Astronomy

'For those who want to learn about the constellations and bright stars, this book is all that they'll need.' - Astronomy Now

'... charts big and detailed enough to be used easily ...' - Sky Publishing Corporation

'What adds greatly to the value of the Guide is the obvious enthusiasm of the authors and their ability to convey it.' - Journal of the British Astronomical Association

'I have not seen a better first guide to amateur astronomy.' - Malcolm Gough, The Observatory

'It is an excellent practical introduction to finding one's way around the sky; ... I can recommend this book very strongly.' - Robert Connon Smith, The Observatory

'This popular guide, the product of collaboration between a writer and a cartographer, is now so well known that just a short review of the latest (7th) edition will suffice. Now updated through to 2011, the monthly sky maps (as well as focussing upon selected seasonal constellations) have been improved by the addition of star colours, while the outline of the Milky Way has been represented more realistically than before. The stellar magnitude steps are now more refined, with increments of 0.5 mag. ... The planetary and eclipse notes, again arranged month by month, will help even the deskbound astronomer to avoid missing any important event. ... The Monthly Sky Guide is highly recommended, and remains good value for money.' - The Observatory

' ... The Monthly Sky Guide ... remains one of the best introductions to the night sky of the northern hemisphere. There is a lot of quality in this small book from Wil Tirion's famous charts to Ian Ridpath's excellent narrative. If you had to reply on one book to get you through your observation year then The Monthly Sky Guide would serve you very well indeed.' - Astronomy & Space

'There is a lot of quality in this small book from Wil Tiron's famous charts to Ian Ridpath's excellent narrative - altogether a great combination at work. If you had to rely on one book to get you through your observation year then the Monthly Sky Guide would serve you very well indeed.' - Astronomy & Space

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781139611367
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
12/10/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
871,367
File size:
9 MB

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 Klumpke–Roberts Award for outstanding contributions to the public understanding and appreciation of astronomy. For more information about Ian Ridpath's books, talks, and other interests, visit his personal website, ianridpath.com.
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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Monthly Sky Guide 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago