The Monthly Sky Guide

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9780521448659: The Monthly Sky Guide

Now in its third edition and updated with planet positions for a five-year period from 1993 to 1997, the highly acclaimed Monthly Sky Guide remains the essential beginners' guide to the night sky. Expertly and lucidly written in nontechnical language, it is the first book any nonspecialist stargazer needs for practical identification with the naked eye. It contains clear maps of the sky for each month of the year, realistically depicting the stars visible to the naked eye and uniquely featuring a symbol of a clenched fist to show the scale. With the help of these clear and easy-to-read charts, the stars and constellations visible on any night of the year in the Northern hemisphere between 30 and 60 degrees North can be identified. In addition, specific constellations of interest are treated in detail for each month, with a map and descriptions of selected objects, showpiece stars, clusters, nebulae, and galaxies for viewing with binoculars or a small telescope. There are notes on regular meteor showers and the changing positions of the planets are given to 1997.

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The sixth edition of Ian Ridpath and Wil Tirion's famous guide to the night sky is updated for planet positions and forthcoming eclipses up to the end of the year 2007. With one chapter for each month of the year, this is an easy-to-use handbook for anyone wanting to identify constellations, star clusters, nebulae, to plot the movement of planets, or to witness solar and lunar eclipses. Most of the features discussed are visible to the naked eye and all can be seen with a small telescope or binoculars.

About the Author:

Ian Ridpath is an English astronomy writer and broadcaster, who is also editor of Norton's Star Atlas and the Oxford Dictionary of Astronomy.

Wil Tirion is a Dutch celestial carographer, widely regarded as the leading exponent of his art in the world.

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