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David Levy's Guide to the Night Skyby David Levy
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If, as Immanuel Kant once said, we are guided by the starry sky above and the moral law within, then, thanks to David Levy, we can now conceptualize Kant's adage at least half-way. David Levy's Guide to the Night Sky is designed to satisfy observers who have just become interested in the sky and want to navigate their way around it. By stirring the imagination and putting observation in a framework of personal adventure, Levy explains how to discover the Moon, planets, comets, meteors, and distant galaxies through a small telescope. Fully updated, the new edition includes:
Book News Annotation:
Renowned comet-hunter and astronomy enthusiast David Levy presents an inspiring guide to learning constellations, choosing a telescope, and viewing the moon, planets, comets, double and variable stars, and deep-sky objects. He includes many anecdotes, a list of his favorite telescope objects, and even a few favorite poems. The final chapters cover eclipses, astrophotography, and (briefly) how to motivate children to learn about astronomy.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Beginners who have just joined an astronomy club will not find a better first book.
This is an ideal book for starting astronomy. It stirs the imagination, and puts observation of the sky into the framework of leisure activity as well as a personal adventure. Written by an award-winning astronomer, it is a non-technical guide to the night sky. Levy has written a beautiful introduction to the glories of the observable universe of constellations, stars and galaxies.
The perfect introduction for the novice astronomer, this book stirs the imagination and puts observation in a framework of social activity and personal adventure. Written by an award-winning amateur astronomer and columnist, it is a technical guide to the sky, full of helpful practical hints. The lively and fresh style of the author will engage, entertain, and inform the reader. Newcomers will learn how to enjoy the Moon, planets, comets, meteors, and distant galaxies observable through a small telescope. For instance, author Levy describes the features of the Moon from night to night; how to observe constellations in both Northern and Southern hemispheres; how best to view the stars, nebulae, and galaxies; how to follow the planets on their annual trek among the constellations; how to map the sky; how to find a new comet; how to buy or even make a telescope; what to see in a month of lunar observations or a year of stellar observation; and much more. Beginners who have just joined an astronomy club or amateurs who wish to learn more about what can be accomplished with a small telescope will not find a better first book.
By an award winning astronomer, this non-technical guide to the sky is full of practical hints.
Table of Contents
1. First nights; 2. Without a telescope; 3. Meteors; 4. Choosing a telescope; 5. Recording your observations; 6. The Moon; 7. Moon 2: advanced observations; 8. The Sun; 9. Jupiter; 10. Saturn; 11. Mars; 12. Five planets worth watching; 13. Asteroids; 14. Comets; 15. Double stars; 16. Variable stars; 17. The deep sky; 18. Messier hunting; 19. The sky on film; 20. Solar eclipses; 21. Lunar eclipses and occultations; 22. Passing the torch; 23. The poet's sky; Resources.
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