A concise month-by-month calendar for star watchers in the Northern Hemisphere – an indispensable guide to locating major stars and constellations throughout the year. Star charts show the position of stars, constellations and other celestial objects for each month of the year, in both northerly and southerly directions. The introduction explains the basic facts that observers need to know: the apparent motions of the stars, seasonal changes, star brightnesses, the nature of the Milky Way, and how the night sky is represented on maps. Location tables are provided for the four planets bright enough to be seen easily with the naked eye: Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn. The principal lunar features are indicated on a pair of photographs showing the Moon at first quarter and at last quarter.
Written by John Woodruff with illustrations by Wil Tirion, the well-known celestial cartographer.
Amazon customer review for the 2013 edition: “This is an excellent little book for those with an interest in astronomy. In 64 pages it packs in all the most useful information on the subject needed to enable one to quickly find and learn their way around the night sky. Its style is clarity without unnecessary verbiage. Remarkable value for the money!”
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