For everyone who has looked up at the stars on a clear night and longed to know more about them, here is the perfect introduction and guide to discovering the stars. Discover the Stars leads you on a tour of all the stars and constellations visible with the naked eye and introduces you to deep-sky objects that can be seen with binoculars or a simple telescope. The tour is conducted by the editor of Astronomy magazine, Richard Berry, whose two-color, computer-plotted sky maps and clear instructions make stargazing fun and productive from your first night out. The heart of Discover the Stars is two sections of big, beautiful sky maps and charts. The first section features twelve maps that show the entire sky overhead as it appears during each month of the year. These outline all the constellations visible anywhere in the Northern Hemisphere, and the accompanying text reveals the rich ancient mythology that surrounds the star groups. The second section is made up of twenty-three star charts that depict smaller regions of the sky in great detail.
YA This title for beginning stargazers is well laid out and provides simple expla nations and instructions for exploring the stars, planets, and moon. The star charts of various constellations are sim ple, their disadvantage being that they don't prepare beginners for the masses of other stars in the night sky. There are also star charts for the night sky in vari ous months viewed from the northern latitudes of the U.S., making the book less useful to schools in the south. The hints on how to use a telescope are excel lent, and the format makes the book likely to be popular with beginning star gazers who want a book that's easy to carry outdoors. Bob Fliess, Episcopal High School, Bellaire (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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Three Rivers Press
December 12, 1987
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