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Discover the Night Sky: Your Guide to the Heavens

Discover the Night Sky: Your Guide to the Heavens

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Discover the Night Sky: Your Guide to the Heavens

Discover the Night Sky: Your Guide to the Heavens

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Product Overview

Product No:
26472
Author:
Robin Kerrod
Publisher:
Australian Geographic
ISBN:
9781862760592
Edition Date:
June 2011
Pages:
256
Size:
270 x 285 x 32 mm
Weight:
1 kg
Format:
Stargazing Kit
Sales Rank:
2290 (See Top 100 in Books)

Product Description

This four-part introduction to star watching is the work of astronomer Robin Kerrod. It consists of a planisphere , two 128-page spiral-bound books and a torch, all packed into a sturdy case.

The planisphere is two rotating discs fixed one above the other. It shows the constellations at different times during each night of the year and is designed to work best at latitude 35 degrees south.

The first of the two manuals, Mapping the Skies, expands on what's shown on the planisphere. It has an introduction to the main constellations of each hemisphere as well as a chapter dedicated to the regular celestial patterns that coincide with each month of the year. Within each chapter are more star maps, photographs of key features and information about the constellations.

The second book, The Star Guide, covers some of the more fundamental principles of astronomy and describes the different types of telescopes used to view our skies. It also looks at the stars and the planets of our solar system (and our exploration of it) in more detail; includes helpful tips for people interested in buying a telescope; and lists the 88 visible constellations and important dates in the history of astronomy.

Discover the Night Sky is a simple, practical introduction to astronomy for beginning enthusiasts. It contains lots of good reading, and the planisphere will help newcomers' orientation. Its readers will probably next find themselves investing in a decent telescope - and batteries for the torch.

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