A first-time skywatcher’s guide from bright new talent, BBC Blue Peter astronomer, Anton Vamplew
Most books on stargazing claim to be for beginners, but by page 12 are talking about celestial equators and sidereal months. No wonder so many people have planispheres but no idea how to use them.
Working at the planetarium in Greenwich, Anton has met hundreds of enthusiastic but utterly bemused beginners of all ages, and has made sense of the night sky for them. In this book he introduces the night sky just as if he were by your side, pointing everything out. And contrary to popular belief, you don't need any expensive equipment to start skygazing. Anton takes you through all the things you can discover with just the naked eye.
The book is suitable for use in the northern and southern hemispheres – two sections give equal coverage to where to start and what you can see wherever you are in the world, whenever.
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Prepare yourself for an adventure ... that will take you deep into space and far back in time. This great journey begins the moment you cast your eyes up into the night sky. After a while you'll be looking beyond the stars, wondering about distant life or maybe thinking just how fantastically big this whole Universe thing is.
I vividly remember when I was six, gazing out of my bedroom window with a desire to learn the names of the bright stars and the patterns I knew existed in the form of constellations. Little did I know what I had started - a lifelong trip which never ceases to amaze me.
Hopefully I can share some of my wonderment through these pages. None of this is rocket science. The name of the stargazing game is easy, short observing whenever you have a few spare moments while the stars are twinkling overhead. Living in a town, city or anywhere with light-polluted skies need not deter anyone form stargazing. Although the sku glow washes out the fainter stars, the major constellations will still be visible. It won't take long to learn the night sky, and I hope this book will insire you to make a start.About the Author:
Anton has been the BBC Blue Peter astronomer for eight years, teaches GCSE astronomy, tours schools, gives lectures at the Royal Observatory in Greenwich and produces a 'live' fortnightly as astronomy section on the BBC 7 Big Toe Radio Show. Increasingly, he is quoted in The Times and other broadsheets in astronomical news stories, and is currently appearing on BBC4 and Radio 4. He is illustrating as well as writing this book, and you can check out his award-winning website at www.vamplew.co.uk
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Book Description Collins, 2005. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0007203950