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The Night Sky Companion: A Yearly Guide to Sky-Watching 2008 - 2009

Handbook / Manual

Series: The Patrick Moore Practical Astronomy Series

By: Tammy Plotner

669 pages, 765 illus


Paperback | Nov 2007 | #168680 | ISBN-13: 9780387716084
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About this book

&i;The Night Sky Companion&o; is far more than just an observing guide. It is a year's journey into the science and facts of astronomy and space travel, along with some of its history and the and the men and women who made it. If you're a sky watcher equipped with any kind of astronomical telescope, binoculars, or even just your eyes, you are sure to find this book absolutely fascinating.

Taking a day-by-day look at the sky over the course of the whole year, Tammy Plotner has assembled a digest to appeal to all astronomers and would-be astronomers. Turn these pages and you'll find observing recommendations - including how to locate the object you're looking for - along with a wealth of information touching on every aspect of your observation.

It doesn't matter whether it's a meteor shower, nebula, double star, variable star, lunar crater, or even the Sun: if it's an interesting feature of the 2008 - 2009 observing year, you'll find it here!

From the reviews: "Thanks to the great folks at Springer Press (and Sir Patrick Moore), this incredible 674 page, full-color glossy book filled with astronomy pictures, astronomy history, sky watching tips and daily information ! . takes a look at astronomy every day over the course of the year -- offering an overview of general history, soft science, astronomical trivia, and observing guides and motivation. Designed to appeal to readers at all skills and involvement, it provides a digest for sky watchers interested in all-in-one place information ! ." (, January, 2008)


-Foreword. -Introduction. -The Moon. -Diary. -Resources. -Acknowledgments.

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Tammy Plotner lives in Ohio. She is a successful freelance writer, non-professional astronomy educator, advanced amateur astronomer, and lecturer. She is currently President and director of Outreach Education and Programs at Warren Rupp Observatory, and webmaster, team member and Astronomy Outreach coordinator for the Astronomical League.

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