Starry Night: How to Skywatch in the 21st Century

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ibooks, 2001 - Science - 240 pages
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Everything You Need To Know About Sky Watching and The Solar System, In One Package.

Starry Night has been created to give amateur sky watchers an easy and logical survey of what there is to see in the heavens and how to find it. The book explains what's out there, from the planets and other objects in our Solar System, to the constellations that fill the night skies, to far-distant objects such as quasars and galaxy clusters. It explains in simple text how the objects move through and about the sky, and how the movements of the Earth help create this perception. Starry Night lists key information about all of the constellations in the northern and southern skies visible in winter and in summer. Many easy-to-apply instructions are placed throughout the book for easy reference, such as figuring astronomical distances, how to view a solar eclipse, how to determine where the planets are in any given month, when and where to observe meteor showers, and how stars are named.

But the book is only half of the package. Its companion, the Starry Night disk, graphically displays all of the night sky objects an observer might want to view, from our Moon to the far reaches of our galaxy, and way beyond. The disk gives you information about how to properly use, align and focus your telescope, and shows what you should be able to view. You can tour the Solar System, the Milky Way Galaxy, and the distant universe without ever leaving your living room. Or, you can use this information to align and focus your backyard telescope to find precisely the object or phenomenon you wish to view. Want to see the rings of Saturn, the Orion constellation or the Horsehead Nebula? Read about it, find it on the disk, and view it in your own backyard.

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Contents

Foreword
7
Astronomy Basics
25
Observational Advice
61
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About the author (2001)

Mosley is the Observatory Program Director at the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles.

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