How to Identify the Night Sky is divided into easy-to-follow sections. Once you can navigate your way around you can then identify what is visible in the sky on any given night during the year.
There are sections on how to observe and understand the objects that comprise the night sky, the moon, the movements of the stars and planets throughout the year and astronomical events and other phenomena, including meteors, comets, aurorae and deep-sky objects.
The constellations are given a comprehensive treatment. For each one there is a chart, a photograph, a description of its features and history, the best dates and times of visibility, and a list of interesting objects. This is the only guide to the night sky you will need.
|Publisher:||Barnes & Noble|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 7.42(h) x 0.82(d)|
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The variety of handbooks available to the novice backyard astronomer makes choice of a 'first book' difficult. This new entry into a crowded field is certainly one of the best to appear in recent years. As a guide to the constellations and the stellar & deep space attractions they contain, it offers a wealth of simply arranged data illustrated with superb star charts by the acclaimed celestial cartographer Wil Tirion. Principal stars, doubles, clusters, nebulae, and galaxies visible with the unaided eye or binoculars, and enhanced by a small telescope, are identified, and latest findings given. (Example: Epsilon Eridani, 10.5 light years distant, recently discovered to have the closest exetrasolar planetary system, with a 0.8 Jupiter mass planet). Four detailed, easy to use Lunar quadrant maps with matching photos; position maps for the major planets and 4 of the principal minor planets 2004 - 2008; lists of the brighter open and globular clusters, galaxies, gaseous and planetary nebulae and supernova remnants; & beautiful seasonal, monthly, and northern circumpolar star charts, all provide a wealth of timely and easily used information to guide the backyard stargazer for years. Basic information on observing techniques literally points the novice in the right direction(s). Thumbnail references to the classical mythologies associated with members of the stellar cast whet the appetite for more. A glossary of basic terms is included. This sturdily constructed little book is covered with a dew-resistant plastic wrapper, an important feature for a book certain to find its best use under night skies. At $9.95, I cannot think of another intoductory field guide that offers such value for the dollar. I have only one suggestion for the authors and the publisher: Do it again in 2009!