Stargazing's too much fun to leave to astronomers, but often we're blinded by science—dry facts can easily turn enchantment into a chore. We just want to lie down, look up, and understand the heavens above. The National Geographic Backyard Guide to the Night Skyshows us how.
Authors Howard Schneider and Patricia Daniels cover everything a beginning stargazer will need to know, from understanding the phases of the moon to picking Mars out of a planetary lineup.
Star charts and tables present key facts in an easy-to-understand format, sidebars and fact boxes present illuminating anecdotes and fun facts to sweep us swiftly into the stardust, and by the time we realize we’ve learned solid science we’re too engrossed to object. The guide includes an appendix full of resources, from books and web sites to lists of astronomy clubs and associations to local planetariums and museums.