Simple Stargazing: A First-Time Skywatcher's Guide

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A beginner's guide to stargazing offers an informative look at what one can discover in the night sky with the naked eye, combining full-color illustrations and tips on what readers can see without expensive equipment. Original. 15,000 first printing.

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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.

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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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