A Year of the Stars: A Month-By-Month Journey of Skywatching by Fred Schaaf

By Fred Schaaf

the precise booklet for the beginner astronomer or someone taken with our position within the universe, A yr of the Stars takes the reader on a desirable trip of discovery throughout the seasons of the starry evening sky. Acclaimed well known technological know-how author Fred Schaaf, who has written the per thirty days stars and planets columns for Sky & Telescope journal for over ten years, has created this eloquent advisor that either rookies and veteran skywatchers will locate rewarding.

Schaaf leads off with an introductory part that offers primary wisdom approximately astronomy, in order that even the total amateur can plunge into the e-book at any month and persist with the dialogue. The part starts off with naked-eye astronomy, describing how the starry heavens are mapped and arranged. It then delves into telescopic astronomy, explaining the elemental constitution of the universe (including some of the varieties of stars, superstar clusters, nebulae, and galaxies) and delivering suggestion approximately choosing and utilizing telescopes and binoculars.

The remainder of the booklet makes use of a month-by-month association, highlighting the constellations, stars, "deep-sky objects," meteor showers, and different certain phenomena seen every month, with many desirable insights into the technology, historical past, and lore of every month’s attractions. Schaaf’s decades of per 30 days columns in Sky & Telescope and related writing he has performed for lots of courses (the previous Farmer’s Almanac, mom Earth News, and others) make him the world’s major professional within the per 30 days structure of astronomy points of interest.

Complete with attractive maps, drawings, pictures, and a truly invaluable thesaurus, this is often the appropriate publication for savoring the event of skywatching the entire 12 months through.

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