Stars and Planets

Stars and Planets

Book - 2001
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In this new edition of their classic guide, Ian Ridpath and Wil Tirion bring the night sky down to earth with brand new sky charts, diagrams, and photos that enrich the clear, engaging text. Stars and Planets will delight both latent astronomers who have yet to touch a telescope and the more star-savvy who have spent many a night outside craning their necks behind a lens.



The introduction presents the basics of astronomical observation while answering such questions as: How did constellations come to be? Do the stars within them have anything to do with one another? Do stars really flicker? Next comes the book's centerpiece: an excellent series of maps of the night sky from hemisphere to hemisphere, month to month and, above all, charts showing all 88 constellations, including some 5,000 stars. The text vividly relates the human history behind each constellation and notes their most prominent stars while offering sundry stimulating facts.



The second section focuses on the astrophysics behind stars, galaxies, the sun, the planets, comets and meteors, and more. Striking full-color photos, maps, and illustrations appear on almost every page. The guide concludes with helpful tips on the optical tools of the trade and on astrophotography. Astrophysicists and amateur skywatchers agree that Stars and Planets is simply the most user-friendly, compact source of celestial information available. No one should leave home at night without it.





Up-to-date full-color photos and data, including recent planetary images

Monthly maps of the night sky as seen from latitudes throughout the world

Charts of all 88 constellations, with data and notes on bright stars and other objects of interest

Illustrated introduction to stars, nebulae, galaxies, and the solar system

Advice on choosing and using binoculars and telescopes

Publisher: Princeton, NJ : Princeton Univ. Press : 2001
ISBN: 9780691089133
0691089132
Branch Call Number: 523 R439s
Characteristics: 400p illus

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Dec 30, 2010

Concise. Covers the solar system (when Pluto was still considered a "real" planet), as well as constellations. It lists features of interest in each constellation, and whether they can be seen with the naked eye, binoculars or a telescope. The sky charts cover both the northern and southern skies.

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