Arizona and New Mexico StarWatch: The Essential Guide to Our Night Sky by Mike Lynch
With the down-to-earth style and far-ranging knowledge that have made him America’s favorite stargazing instructor, Mike Lynch guides amateur and expert alike through the wonders of the night sky over Arizona and New Mexico. Whether watching the sky from a backyard lawn chair or manning a high-powered telescope, southwestern stargazers of all levels will learn how and when to identify the major constellations at their states’ latitude. With chapters on the origins and movements of stars, the mythology of constellations, the phases of the moon, the planets, and even buying a telescope, this book also serves as an accessible and in-depth beginner’s guide to the night sky. It includes 12 monthly star maps for Arizona and New Mexico skies, 21 constellation diagrams, a local resources guide, a list of the brightest stars in the region, and more than 80 beautiful color photographs of the heavens.
Master stargazing instructor and author Mike Lynch has led his popular community stargazing classes for over 30 years and has instructed thousands of would-be backyard astronomers (and maybe a few would-be professional astronomers)! He also writes a weekly astronomy column for the ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS and numerous other newspapers. In his day job, Mike is a broadcast meteorologist for WCCO Radio. He lives in Eagan, Minnesota.
Table of Contents
Make the Stars Your Old Friends
What’s a Star?
A Sky Full of Constellations
Stars on the Move
Using Star Maps
The Marvelous but Mischievous Moon
Planets, Wanderers of the Sky
You and Your Telescope
Monthly Star Maps
What People are Saying About This
From the Publisher
Midwest Book Review, June 2007
“Offers regional specifics perfect for local star-gazing groups, and far superior to the more general astronomy overviews which neglect the attributes and appearances of the local skies.”