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Explore the night skies with this beautiful illustrated monthly guide to the stars and planets. This large-format almanac allows you to step outside and track the planets, locate the Milky Way, recognise the constellations of the zodiac and watch meteor showers.
Stargazers' Almanac 2016 is a beautiful month-by-month guide to the night skies. It's designed specifically for naked-eye astronomy – no telescope required! – making it ideal for beginners, children and backyard astronomers. It has become a popular Christmas gift – and one which lasts the whole year round. This year there is a feature article on meteors and the best time to view them. Each monthly chart features two views of the night sky looking north and south, and a visual guide to the phases of the moon and the movements of the planets. The notes include fascinating insights into the science, history, folklore and myths of the stars and planets.
Stargazers' Almanac 2016 also features:
- Advice on how to navigate the night sky
- Overhead reference map of the sky
- Reference plan of constellations
- Glossary of constellations and Latin names
- Glossary of brightness of stars
- Guide to the signs of the zodiac and how they relate to the stars
- Loop and eyelet for easy wall hanging; presented in a sturdy cardboard gift envelope
The almanac is endorsed by the British Astronomical Association's Campaign for Dark Skies. The 2016 Almanac includes an interesting discussion of the pros and cons of the new LED street lights being installed across the United Kingdom. Suitable for astronomy enthusiasts throughout the Northern Hemisphere's temperate (non-tropical) latitudes.
Bob Mizon, MBE, is co-ordinator of the Campaign for Dark Skies. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society in 1985, and has been associated with the Wessex Astronomical Society in various offices for many years. Since 1996, he has provided a full-time mobile planetarium service to south central England, and has taken the experience of the night sky to nearly 80,000 people, mostly schoolchildren.