National Geographic Backyard Guide to the Night Sky
Stargazing's too much fun to leave to astronomers, but often we're blinded by sciencedry facts can easily turn enchantment into a chore. We just want to lie down, look up, and understand the heavens above. TheNational Geographic Backyard Guide to the Night Sky shows us how.
Authors Howard Schneider and Patricia Daniels take an expert but easygoing approach that doesn't overwhelmit 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 we've been schooled in solid science we're too engrossed to object.
Along with practical advice and hands-on tips to improve observation techniques, the guide includes an appendix full of resourcesfrom 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.
Into the Dark Getting Oriented The Ecliptic Star Hopping Keeping Time
The Atmosphere 3 6
The Constellation Charts Constellations Visible in the Northern Hemisphere
Comets Famous Visitors Meteors Falling to Earth Meteor Showers
ancient Andromeda galaxy asterism asteroids astronomers atmosphere beta Big Dipper binoculars bright stars brighter brightest star camera Canis Canis Minor Cassiopeia celestial Charles Messier cloud comet constella constellation craters dark DEEP SKY OBJECT Earth eyepiece gamma globular cluster Greek group of stars Hercules hydrogen INTERESTING OBJECTS Jupiter kilometers latitudes Lib Lib Lib light light pollution light-years LOCATION look lunar MAGNITUDE DISTANCE LY Main Stars STARS MAKEUP Mars meteor shower miles Milky million Moon Moon's Mythology naked eye named nebula night sky North Northern Hemisphere Observatory observers open cluster Oph Oph Oph orbit Orion Pegasus Perseus planet Polaris rotation roughly Sagittarius satellite Scorpius seen Sgr Sgr Sgr SKY WATCHERS solar system southeast quadrant southern space spiral galaxy spot star cluster stars BEST VIEWED stellation Summer Summer Triangle Sun's supernova surface Tau Tau telescope tion variable star Venus Vir Vir Vir visible zodiac