A night-by-night reference to celestial phenomena.
The Night Sky Month by Month is like having a knowledgeable, friendly astronomer standing right next to you and pointing out the planets and constellations each night of the year. This book is a down-to-earth guide for finding astronomical features in the Northern Hemisphere without the aid of expensive telescopes or complicated sky maps.
Organized chronologically, you can look up what the night sky holds for any given time during the year. A simple color photo of the night sky shows which direction to face and where to look for such planets as Venus, Mars, Saturn, and Jupiter.
Chapters are divided into months and include the Moon's phases, dates of planetary and star positions, and specific times to watch. The book is packed with historical details and phenomena such as lunar and solar eclipses,
constellations, and comets. Studded with historical tidbits and useful tips, the book is an excellent introduction to skywatching for amateur astronomers of all ages.
About the Author
Jean-Louis Heudier is an internationally respected astronomer and author of Astronomical Photography, Eclipses of the Moon and Sun, Book of the Sky, Book of the Moon and Astronomy for All.
A starry night is a wonderful sight. It is an open window onto thousands of stars of different shapes and colors, and onto the Universe in all its immensity But on entering this Universe, you do not want to feel disorientated, lost and ignorant. This guide proposes to accompany you on an easy vet fascinating exploration of the sky. Month by month and day by day, it will point out what there is to observe as long as the sky is clear: the Moon and planets, showers of shooting stars, stars in their constellations, galaxies, etc.
From these thousands of objects that populate the sky, you will soon find your bearings and recognize familiar signs that will guide you on your voyage of discovery: the Pole Star, the Summer Triangle. particular constellations, and so on. Detailed photos, charts and notes are there to help you.
The panorama of the sky becomes fascinating if you are able to observe it with an astronomical instrument. Practical advice and explanations will tell you what you can expect from the different optical instruments, binoculars and telescopes designed for amateurs.
Finally, all these wonders will not fail to arouse many questions: how was our Earth formed, when will the Sun die, how far away is the nearest galaxy, what is the age of the Universe? There arc articles for beginners in astronomy, and reports on current research will give you the facts and keep you tip to date.
For the reader who already has some knowledge of the subject, this book carries all the information you need to indulge your passion: ephemeredes, forecasts of meteor showers, eclipses and occultations.
From January through December 2004, the book accompanies you along the way, hoping that you will spend a year with your head up in the stars.