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National Geographic Backyard Guide to the Night Skyby Howard Schneider
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Stargazings too much fun to leave to astronomers, but often were blinded by science—dry facts can easily turn enchantment into a chore. We just want to lie down, look up, and understand the heavens above. The National Geographic Backyard Guide to the Night Sky shows us how.
Authors Howard Schneider and Patricia Daniels take an expert but easygoing approach that doesnt overwhelm—it invites. Ten chapters cover everything a beginning stargazer will need to know, from understanding the phases of the moon to picking Mars out of a planetary lineup to identifying the kinds of stars twinkling in the constellations.
Throughout the book, star charts and tables present key facts in an easy-to-understand format, sidebars and fact boxes present illuminating anecdotes and fun facts to sweep us swiftly into the stardust, and by the time we realize weve been schooled in solid science were too engrossed to object.
Along with practical advice and hands-on tips to improve observation techniques, the guide includes an appendix full of resources—from books and web sites to lists of astronomy clubs and associations to local planetariums and museums. This indispensable book guides us on a new path into the night sky, truly one of the greatest shows on Earth.
Book News Annotation:
Following an introduction to the joys of backyard skygazing by the host of a show produced by a U.S. university observatory, a science writer provides tips on how to find and identify objects in the night sky, and select and use viewing and photographic equipment. The portable, well-illustrated guide includes star maps for each of the featured constellations (most in the Northern Hemisphere); sidebars on sky facts and astronomers; a summary table for viewing planets and periodic phenomena; and resources. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
About the Author
Howard Schneider is a veteran reporter who contributes regularly on science and health for the Washington Post.
Patricia Daniels has written extensively on history and science, including National Geographic Encyclopedia of Space.
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