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Mapping the Sky: The Essential Guide to Astronomyby LeÃ¯la Haddad and Alain Cirou
Synopses & Reviews
Mapping the Sky combines a practical how-to guide to star-watching with the fascinating history of astronomical discovery.
In part one, author Leïla Haddad tells how the universe has been understood and explored; starting with ancient Greek philosophies of the cosmos;Renaissance maps of the universe;the breakthroughs of Galileo, Kepler, and Copernicus;the adventures of Tycho Brahe; the discovery of longitude; the story of Newton and his apple; and many more tales.
In part two, the basics of stargazing are explained. Alain Cirou guides you through choosing the right telescope, recognizing constellations, using atlases of the stars' positions, discovering the moon's landscape, and observing the elusive green flash at sunset.
Whether you're 8 or 80, Mapping the Sky is your astral passport to exciting star-watching adventures.
Book News Annotation:
A very attractive 9x9<"> square book with dark blue glossy pages and fabulous illustrations—including color diagrams, photographs, and reproductions of 17th- and 18th-century artwork. Haddad, a science journalist and Cirou, director of the French Astronomy Association and editor of , provide a beginner's introduction to observing with the naked eye, buying and using binoculars and telescopes, celestial coordinates and motion, and observing planets and deep sky objects. A planisphere is tucked into the back flap. Originally published in France by <'E>ditions du Seuil in 2001 under the title s de vo<^u>te, savoir l'astronomie, voir le ciel/>. Annotation (c)2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
A guide for observing the night sky covers such topics as the history of astronomical discovery, choosing the right telescope, recognizing constellations, and star-watching with the naked eye.
Destined to become the guide of choice, Mapping the Sky is a glorious survey for the lay astronomer. Written with beginners in mind, it sets the stage with a history of the science and outlines the basics of stargazing, from choosing the right telescope to taking photographs of the stars. Readers discover how to tell a star's magnitude by its color, find the most famous constellations, and much, much more. Featuring a handy star wheel, entertaining text, and page after page of illustrations, photographs, and diagrams. Mapping the Sky is a volume as rich and vibrant as its subject.
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