Stars and Planets: The Sierra Club Guide to Sky Watching and Direction Finding

Stars and Planets: The Sierra Club Guide to Sky Watching and Direction Finding

by William S. Kals
     
 

Stars and Planets shows step by step how to locate bright stars, planets, and constellations with the naked eye — from anywhere on Earth. This easy-to-use handbook requires no astronomical equipment and is suitable for both beginning and advanced star gazers. Stars and Planets also introduces the reader to new stars, variable stars, comets. meteors, and other…  See more details below

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Stars and Planets shows step by step how to locate bright stars, planets, and constellations with the naked eye — from anywhere on Earth. This easy-to-use handbook requires no astronomical equipment and is suitable for both beginning and advanced star gazers. Stars and Planets also introduces the reader to new stars, variable stars, comets. meteors, and other night sky phenomena.

Features include:
— 25 tables and 80 illustrations, including easy-to-read constellation maps
— A calendar for the phases of the moon and the position of the five naked-eye planets to the year 2000 and beyond
— A new simple method of finding and identifying the stars that remain visible in or near cities even under a full moon
— How to identify more than 20 constellations using only your hand for measuring How to find Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn
— How celestial navigators accurately fix their position from the heavenly bodies
— How to get compass direction from the sun and stars by different methods anywhere in the world. day or night
— A pronouncing gazeteer for stars and constellations

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Booknews
This ingenious handbook, featuring some 80 illustrations, clearly shows how to locate major stars, planets, and constellations anywhere on both sides of the equator with the naked eye--and get direction from the sky. It assumes no knowledge of astronomy and requires no astronomical equipment. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780871566713
Publisher:
Sierra Club Books
Publication date:
09/15/1990
Pages:
244
Product dimensions:
6.97(w) x 9.03(h) x 0.80(d)

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