365 Starry Nights: An Introduction to Astronomy for Every Night of the Year

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THE AMATEUR STARGAZER'S ULTIMATE HOME COMPANION "365 Starry Nights" is a unique and fascinating introduction to astronomy designed to give you a complete, clear picture of the sky every night of the year. Divided into 365 concise, illustrated essays, it focuses on the aesthetic as well as the scientific aspects of stargazing. It offers the most up-to-date information available, with hundreds of charts, drawings, and maps-that take you beyond the visible canopy of stars and constellations into the unseen realm of nebulae and galaxies. This simple yet substantial text is full of critical information and helpful hints on how to observe the stars; describe their position; calculate their age, brightness, and distance; and much more. Whether you observe the sky with a telescope or the naked eye, "365 Starry Nights" makes the infinite intimate and brings the heavens within your grasp. Keep this invaluable, informative guide close at hand, and you'll find that the sky is the limit 365 nights a year.

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Chet Raymo is the author of "The Soul of the Night" and "Honey from the Rock." He is a professor of physics and astronomy at Stonehill College in North Easton, Massachusetts.

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