A thorough revision of the bestselling guide to the night sky - over 100,000 copies sold! The first edition of The Star Guide introduced readers of all ages to the wonders of the night sky. Now comes the highly anticipated revised edition, expertly updated by one of the world's leading writers on astronomy and space. Illustrated throughout in full color, the guide features spectacular new photographs from the Hubble Space Telescope, more than 60 easy-to-use star charts, and an invaluable detachable planisphere. Special sections explain the nature of stars and galaxies and what makes the universe tick.
Table of Contents
Introduction. How to Use Thus Book. 1. Observing the Heavens. Stargazing. Realm of the Big Eyes. Photographing the Heavens. Radio and Space Telescopes. The Hubble Space Telescope. 2. Looking at Stars. Distant Suns. The Message in Starlight. Clouds Among the Stars. Star Birth. Star Death. Star Groups and Clusters. The Milky Way. Our Galactic Neighbors. Galaxies Galore. Hyperactive Galaxies. Galaxies and the Universe. 3. Patterns in the Sky. The Constellations. Signposts to the Stars. The Celestial Sphere. Changing Skies. Northern Hemisphere, Winter. Northern Hemisphere, Summer. Southern Hemisphere, Winter. Southern Hemisphere, Summer. 4. The Skies Month by Month. The Monthly Maps. North Polar Stars. Cassiopeia. South Polar Stars. Centaurus/Crux. January Skies. Orion. February Skies. March Skies. Ursa Major. April Skies. May Skies. Virgo. June Skies. Scorpius. July Skies. Sagittarius. August Skies. Cygnus. September Skies. October Skies. Andromeda. November Skies. December Skies. Taurus. 5. Sun and Moon. Daytime Star. Observing Solar Eclipses. Queen of the Night. Moon Movements. Lunar Landscapes. Northwest Quadrant. Southwest Quadrant. Northeast Quadrant. Southeast Quadrant. 6. The Sun's Family. The Solar System. Observing the Planets. The Scorching Planets. The Red Planet. The Giant Planets. Far Distant Worlds. Many Moons. Meteors and Comets. The Asteroids. Glossary. Index. Credits.
ROBIN KERROD is and expert astronomer and space buff who travels the world to observe, photograph, and report on astronomical phenomena. A fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and the British Interplanetary Society, he is well known on both sides of the Atlantic for his bestselling books on astronomy, space, and the sciences, with over 130 titles to his credit.