2020 Guide to the Night Sky: A Month-by-Month Guide to Exploring the Skies Above North America

2020 Guide to the Night Sky: A Month-by-Month Guide to Exploring the Skies Above North America

by Storm Dunlop, Wil Tirion


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"This book is recommended for amateur astronomers, as well as school and public libraries."
—American Reference Books Annual (on a previous edition)

Now features planning information on astrotourism.

2020 Guide to the Night Sky is the ideal resource for novices and experienced amateurs in the United States and Canada, and has been updated to include 16 more pages of even more new and practical information covering events to occur in North America's night sky throughout 2020. The book has all of the guidance, information and data that skywatchers need.

  • Astrotourism — Aurora borealis has long influenced a decision to visit a location (e.g., Iceland, Alaska, northern Canada) but now we know that major celestial events, exceptional viewing sites and even world-leading telescopes are drawing travelers to the extent that it needed a name: astrotourism. The book includes new charts with helpful information about the best times and places to travel, such as a tour or cruise.
  • The hospitality industry has seen strong growth linked to astronomical events and to stargazing destinations. More than 50,000 Airbnb guests from 26 countries visited the US for the 2017 solar eclipse, and there were nearly 3000 private homes offering telescopes for viewing.
  • As space probes, including the seemingly immortal Hubble Telescope, take our cameras to worlds farther and farther away, even to Mars, we want to see as much of it as possible. Observatory tours are increasing, such as visits to the world's largest telescope, the Gran Telescopio Canarias in Spain.
  • 2020 Guide to the Night Sky is organized by month and provides lunar phases, planet activity,
    constellation maps and tables of planet and star movement, and sky activity and events. Each month has all of the compass points, dates and exact times to view the planets. There are also monthly constellation maps with dates, times and hourly rates of comets, fireballs, and meteor showers. Skywatchers in the United States and Canada won't miss a thing. Even with just binoculars.

    Amateur astronomers have come to rely upon and expect each year's edition of this proven sell-through title. It is the handy reference they grab as they head out to do some skywatching, and now they can use it to plan an astrovacation.

    Product Details

    ISBN-13: 9780228101970
    Publisher: Firefly Books, Limited
    Publication date: 11/15/2019
    Edition description: New
    Pages: 112
    Sales rank: 92,735
    Product dimensions: 5.75(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.25(d)

    About the Author

    Storm Dunlop is an author and translator working mainly on material in the physical sciences and technology.

    Wil Tirion has been an uranographer (star-map maker) since 1977. His first star maps were published by the British Astronomical Association, and he has since contributed maps to numerous books and atlases. He is a recipient of the Dr. J. van der Bilt Prize awarded to weather and astronomy amateurs and in 1993 the International Astronomical Union named an asteroid after him.

    Table of Contents

    Introduction 4

    The Constellations

    The Northern Circumpolar Constellations 10

    The Winter Constellations 12

    The Spring Constellations 13

    The Summer Constellations 14

    The Autumn Constellations 15

    The Moon and the Planets

    The Moon 16

    Map of the Moon 18

    Eclipses 20

    The Planets 22

    Minor Planets 26

    Comets 28

    Introduction to the Month-by-Month Guide 30

    Month-by-Month Guide

    January 34

    February 40

    March 46

    April 52

    May 58

    June 64

    July 70

    August 76

    September 82

    October 88

    November 94

    December 100

    Dark Sky Sites 106

    Glossary and Tables 108

    Acknowledgements 110

    Further information 111

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