Starwatch: A Month-by-Month Guide to the Night Sky

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Neophyte sky watchers who try to use standard, often complex astronomical charts and maps can often end up confused and frustrated. This beautifully illustrated volume makes identifying heavenly objects easy. All viewers need to supplement this book when they go starwatching is a simple red-lens flashlight and a small telescope. If unavailable, a pair of binoculars, or even the naked eye will do. Guided by Starwatch, readers can observe the sky month-by-month as it completes its annual cycle. The author shows how...

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Neophyte sky watchers who try to use standard, often complex astronomical charts and maps can often end up confused and frustrated. This beautifully illustrated volume makes identifying heavenly objects easy. All viewers need to supplement this book when they go starwatching is a simple red-lens flashlight and a small telescope. If unavailable, a pair of binoculars, or even the naked eye will do. Guided by Starwatch, readers can observe the sky month-by-month as it completes its annual cycle. The author shows how to locate such constellations as Ursa Major (the Big Dipper), Orion, Gemini, Pegasus, and many others. He also points out the major stars in each constellation, noting fascinating facts about many of them. For instance, Orion's main star, Betelgeuse, is approximately 250 times bigger than our own Sun—a comparison parallel to the difference between a marble and a beach ball. He also tells how to find the planets in the night sky, see Jupiter's moons with ordinary binoculars, and even how to find those deep-space objects called nebulae on clear dark nights. Facts and illustrations fill every page of this fascinating book, which is divided into separate chapters for every month of the year. It's an exciting introduction to astronomy for both kids and adults, and it features more than 300 vivid color illustrations.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780764156663
  • Publisher: Barron's Educational Series, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/15/2003
  • Edition description: Book plus Planisphere
  • Pages: 96
  • Product dimensions: 9.80 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Robin Kerrod is a Fellow of Britain's Royal Astronomical Society and the author of several popular books on astronomy, as well as the popular beginning astronomer's kit, The Sky at Night, published in North America by Barron's.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 6
Getting Started 8
Tools of the Trade 10
The Family of the Sun 12
Looking at the Moon 14
Profiling--The Moon 16
Looking at Planets 18
Profiling--The Planets 20
Looking at Comets 22
Looking at Stars 24
Profiling--The Stars 26
The Skies Month by Month 28
January Skies 30
From Auriga to Orion 32
Nebulas--Clouds Among the Stars 34
February Skies 36
From Cancer to Gemini 38
March Skies 40
From Carina to Vela 42
Key Constellations--Signposts to the Stars 44
April Skies 46
From Canes Venatici to Virgo 48
May Skies 50
From Bootes to Ursa Minor 52
The Zodiac--The Circle of Animals 54
June Skies 56
From Cepheus to Scorpius 58
July Skies 60
From Ara to Serpens 62
The Milky Way--The Arch of Countless Stars 64
August Skies 66
From Aquila to Sagittarius 68
Meteors--Stars that Fall from the Sky 70
September Skies 72
From Aquarius to Piscis Austrinus 74
October Skies 76
From Andromeda to Tucana 78
Galaxies--Star Islands in Space 80
November Skies 82
From Aries to Triangulum 84
December Skies 86
From Columba to Triangulum Australe 88
Clusters--Stars that Travel Together 90
Words to Remember 92
Index 94
Credits 96
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