By: P Henarejos
Here, is an original work, far removed from the traditional quasi-academic beginner's guides to astronomy. It offers more entertainment than hard work. Rather than presenting stars and planets as it generally done - constellation by constellation, and usually in alphabetical order to boot - "Stars over Europe" offers real thematic "skywalking" tours in the company of an expert guide, who provides commentaries just like in real-life tours. In all there are 30 tours or "walks", each about an evening long, broken into four to seven stages - "visiting" stars in the sky or sites on the Moon - which enable you not just to locate this or that constellation but also to dig deeper by observing several objects of the same type, where your guide gradually unfolds their common features, and how they vary and differ. It is an approach that is both instructive and entertaining, while aiming to be comprehensive. Illustrated with over a hundred photos and amply furnished with authentic charts, it is designed to engage both the interest and the delight of anyone seriously interested in astronomy, being neither over-scholarly nor simplistic.
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