The author, Mark R. Chartrand III, is the former chairman of the Hayden Planetarium and executive director of the National Space Institute.
National Audubon Society Field Guide to the Night Skyby NATIONAL AUDUBON SOCIETY, National Audubon Society Staff, Jane Friedman
The perfect companion volume for Hale-Bopp watchers, this guide explores the fabulous mysteries above, from planets in our solar system to the constellations in both the Northern and Southern hemispheres, stars, galaxies (including the Milky Way), nebulae, astronomical bodies, objects, phenomena, and -- yes -- comets. Night Sky provides a concise guided tour of the heavens with 48 monthly sky charts of the northern sky and 88 constellation charts, each offering a detailed map of individual constellations. Essays on the universe, the solar system, and constellations introduce the reader to the wonders of the sky.
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The sheer amount of information in this book may be overwhelming at first, but after even browsing through a few pages, you will learn a lot and crave for more. There are handy thumb-tabs on the side to help guide your way through this beauty. The photos are breathtaking and the background info on each of the constellations is superb. This is a must-buy for all astronomers, whether proffessional or amateur!!!!
I always carry this to show visitors for starwatches and Night Skies in the Observatory at the Franklin Instiute as a good beginning reference to the sky.