209 pages, 132 figs, 6 tabs
Explains all you need to know about the universe visible to the naked eye. With the aid of charts and illustrations Patrick Moore examines how to `read' the stars, to know which constellations lie overhead, their trajectories throughout the seasons, and the legends ascribed to them. In a month-by-month guide, he describes using detailed star maps to view the night skies of both northern and southern hemispheres.
'This is an excellent primer for any newcomer to astronomy and an enjoyable and readable book ... Every astronomer should have a copy. I shall stock it in my bookshop and heartily recommend it.' Paul England, Astronomy Now 'This book is well suited for novices to get acquainted with the stellar constellations, and for everyone interested in observing the sky with just the naked eye.' Orion (Societe Astronomique de Suisse) '... the illustrations and details of what to look for at different times of year are very helpful for beginners ... this book excels at providing easy directions for exploring the night sky. Recommended for general readers.' M. K. Hemenway, Choice
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