Backyard Guide to the Night Sky

Backyard Guide to the Night Sky

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Random House, Inc.
Stargazing’s too much fun to leave to astronomers. This National Geographic book brings the solar system, space, stars, science, and planets to life in your own backyard, inspiring us to look up and understand the heavens above. 

Authors Howard Schneider and Patricia Daniels take an expert but easygoing approach that doesn’t overwhelm—it invites. Ten chapters cover everything a beginning stargazer will need to know, from understanding the phases of the moon to picking Mars out of a planetary lineup to identifying the kinds of stars twinkling in the constellations.

Throughout the book, 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 been schooled in solid science we’re too engrossed to object.

Along with practical advice and hands-on tips to improve observation techniques, 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. This indispensable book guides us on a new path into the night sky, truly one of the greatest shows on Earth.

Baker & Taylor
An extensively illustrated reference for beginner-level stargazing enthusiasts covers basic principles without using complicated scientific language, providing star charts and tables that list key facts in an easy-to-understand format.

Book News
Following an introduction to the joys of backyard skygazing by the host of a show produced by a U.S. university observatory, a science writer provides tips on how to find and identify objects in the night sky, and select and use viewing and photographic equipment. The portable, well-illustrated guide includes star maps for each of the featured constellations (most in the Northern Hemisphere); sidebars on sky facts and astronomers; a summary table for viewing planets and periodic phenomena; and resources. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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& Taylor

An extensively illustrated reference for beginner-level stargazing enthusiasts covers basic principles without using complicated scientific language, providing star charts and tables that list key facts in an easy-to-understand format. Original.

Publisher: Washington, D.C. : National Geographic, c2009
ISBN: 9781426202810
1426202814
Characteristics: 287 p. : col. ill. ; 21 cm

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