The Stargazer's Guide: How to Read Our Night Sky

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Have you ever found yourself looking up at the starry night, wondering and wanting to know more?

Congratulations! You're a stargazer.

Unlike its more scientific sister astronomy, stargazing requires no equipment—except perhaps something comfortable to sit on and a star map. The Stargazer's Guide provides these maps and shows you what there is to see in the sky, why it's interesting, and how previous generations viewed and interpreted it. ...

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Overview

Have you ever found yourself looking up at the starry night, wondering and wanting to know more?

Congratulations! You're a stargazer.

Unlike its more scientific sister astronomy, stargazing requires no equipment—except perhaps something comfortable to sit on and a star map. The Stargazer's Guide provides these maps and shows you what there is to see in the sky, why it's interesting, and how previous generations viewed and interpreted it. Organized by month, The Stargazer's Guide takes you through the night sky's stories—mythological, historical, and scientific—offering simple diagrams that enable you to easily identify the constellations. Let expert stargazer Emily Winterburn enthrall you with true stories of romantic and scientific endeavors, and mythic tales of beasts and battles that led to the naming of the stars. With this enchanting, accessible, and fun guide to the heavens, you'll discover and revel in the beauty and wonder of the night sky.

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Editorial Reviews

Astronomy Now
“Fascinating. . . . After reading this book, viewing the night sky will be a much more meaningful and rewarding experience.”
Astronomy Now
“Fascinating. . . . After reading this book, viewing the night sky will be a much more meaningful and rewarding experience.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061789694
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 11/24/2009
  • Pages: 280
  • Sales rank: 934,714
  • Product dimensions: 6.28 (w) x 8.02 (h) x 0.79 (d)

Meet the Author

As the curator of Astronomy at the Royal Observatory, Greenwich, Emily Winterburn was responsible for one of the world's most important astronomy collections. She has written for the BBC and Astronomy Now magazine and has appeared on the BBC's What the Ancients Did for Us, the Channel 4 News, and In Our Time with Melvyn Bragg. She lives in Yorkshire, England, with her husband and two children and works at the Leeds University History of Science Museum.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements viii

Introduction 1

1 April and the Bears 10

2 May and Hercules 37

3 June and the Sun 63

4 July and Bayer's Menagerie 82

5 August and Lacaille's Mountain 102

6 September and the Milky Way 121

7 October and Orion the Hunter 145

8 November and Shooting Stars 164

9 December and Queen Cassiopeia 184

10 January, Tea and Stars 203

11 February, Jason and the Argonauts 222

12 March, Astrology and the Zodiac 241

Afterword 265

Further Reading 268

Picture Credits 271

Index 274

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2012

    Cant enlarge charts!

    If you are buying this to use the charts in it, dont bother! They are too small to read and cannot be enlarged. Am hoping at least the background stories are interesting

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    Posted October 17, 2013

    Medicine den

    A gap between two thick trees leads to a secluded clearing with a babbling brook running on the side. The edges of the space are lined with various bushes of any herbs. Vines wrap around nearby trees, and a small den underground looms nearby with a few soft feather beds. Enjoy medics!

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    Posted January 30, 2012

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    This book is the greatest!

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