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Celestial Delights: The Best Astronomical Events Through 2010 Paperback – October 1, 2002


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Celestial Arts; Revised edition (October 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1587611570
  • ISBN-13: 978-1587611575
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 7.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,794,408 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"If this is your year to skywatch, this is your book." -- Scientific American

"The feature that makes this book stand out is a text crammed with easy-to-use diagrams—probably the best we’ve seen." -- Sky & Telescope magazine

From the Back Cover

Celestial Delights is the essential "TV Guide" for the sky as seen from the Northern Hemisphere. Through extensive graphics integrated with an eight-year-long calendar of sky events, it provides a look at "don't miss" sky events, mostly for naked-eye and binocular observing. It is organized by ease of observation - lunar phases and the brighter planets come first, with solar eclipses, the aurora, and comets coming later. This third edition also includes a hefty dose of sky lore, astronomical history, and clear overviews of current science. It provides a handy reference to upcoming naked-eye events, with information broken out in clear and simple diagrams and tables that are cross-referenced against a detailed almanac for each year covered. This book puts a variety of information all in one place, presents it in a friendly way that does not require prior in-depth astronomical knowledge, and provides the context and historical background for understanding events that astronomy software or web sites lack. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

More About the Author

Francis Reddy has been writing about astronomy and space science for 30 years and has published numerous books for skygazers of all ages. He is a senior science writer for Syneren Technologies Corp., on contract to the Astrophysics Science Division at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland, and previously served as a senior editor at Astronomy magazine. He credits Comet West, the Great Comet of 1976, for shaping his career path.

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If you get only one astronomy book, this is the one to get.
John
The book covers the sky of the northern hemisphere from many different perspectives.
spaceMonkey
I found the current edition very useful for what to look for and when.
S. Pauley

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Erica Eastley on December 24, 2003
Format: Paperback
This book is easy to read and understand with lots of diagrams and illustrations. It covers everything from meteor showers to eclipses to viewing planets. There are illustrations to show exactly where to look in the sky (helpful for those of us who aren't too familiar with the constellations), and a calendar in the back which shows you what will be happening each month till 2010. I have always enjoyed astromony, but I always felt like I missed eclipses or forgot about meteor showers. This book will solve those problems!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sivakumar. G.R. on January 13, 2013
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A fantastic book which has been messed up badly in the kindle edition without any figures and bad formatting. I think this is disrespect to the good author of this book. I was very disappointed and cheated without so many images and figures which formed an important part of this well written book. I certainly would demand a refund, since there was no warning about absence of images in the kindle version. However, I recommend the paperback version which I hope has the relevant images and figures.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By spaceMonkey on March 6, 2012
Format: Paperback
If you are reading these reviews, you're on the fence about purchasing the book. To keep it short and sweet: buy the book. The book covers the sky of the northern hemisphere from many different perspectives. The book includes information packed maps, stunning photos, interesting stories, and a ton of information in general. The book provides an almanac of all of the major celestial events for the next decade (the events are conveniently cross referenced with the text) , something that I have not seen elsewhere. The writing is clear and concise; I learned a tremendous amount by reading the book. My only gripe is that the book is too short! Why are you still reading this??? Purchase the book!
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If you get only one astronomy book, this is the one to get. With a small telescope or by eye, you get just the right information and background. This book is especially good for impressing the kids that you actually can know what is going on up there. The Almanac is like a TV Guide for the sky. We will bring the book camping and to the beach.
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