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A Skywatcher's Year

A Skywatcher's Year

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  • Date Published: July 1999
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521634052

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  • If you have ever watched shooting stars graze the sky or wondered about a particularly bright point of light near the horizon, then this is the book for you. A Skywatcher's Year is the authoritative guide to visible bodies in the night sky throughout the year. Through fifty-two essays, Jeff Kanipe guides you to celestial events and phenomena that occur or are visible with the naked eye and binoculars for each week of the year. He acquaints you not only with up-to-date astronomical information on stars, nebulae, meteors, the Milky Way, and galaxies, but also conveys the beauty and wonder of the night sky. Covering both the Northern Hemisphere and Southern Hemisphere, A Skywatcher's Year helps readers find prominent stars and constellations, bright star clusters, nebulae, and galaxies, and explains how and when to observe prominent annual meteor showers. Kanipe also examines the most frequently-observed celestial body, the Moon, and the intriguing lore surrounding it. A rich and jargon-free look at the sky through the four seasons, this engaging book will give new dimensions to backyard star-gazing.

    • Includes sections on observing solar and lunar eclipses, with tables of events out to 2025
    • Includes section on observing the planets, with planet locations out to 2010
    • Articles arranged week by week
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "...seasoned astronomy popularizer Jeff Kanipe takes you on a week-by-week tour of the night sky. He describes naked-eye and binocular sights in the sky as the constellations change during the year, noting phenomena such as meteor showers and the zodiacal light." Sky & Telescope

    "...a concise and readable stargazer's guide for every night of the year." The Dallas Morning News

    "For the benefit of stargazers in both the Northern and Southern Hemispheres, A Skywatcher's Year highlights celestial events for each week. Readers learn how to determine the location of constellations, stars, nebulae, and meteors." Science News

    "Readers with little experience in studying the skies will find this book a useful introduction." Choice

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    Product details

    • Date Published: July 1999
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521634052
    • length: 204 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 153 x 12 mm
    • weight: 0.36kg
    • contains: 39 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Author's note
    Part I. The Sky by Seasons: Winter
    Part II. The Sun and the Moon: The Skywatcher's Sun
    The Skywatcher's Moon
    Greatest shadow show in the Solar System
    Aurorae: the Northern and Southern Lights
    Further reading.

  • Author

    Jeff Kanipe
    Jeff Kanipe is a science writer and editor based in Boulder, Colorado.

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