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Exploring the Night Sky: The Equinox Astronomy Guide for Beginners Paperback – February 1, 1987

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Grade 4-6 ``If starships are ever developed, there will be no shortage of destinations.'' With clarity and enthusiasm, Dickinson presents a look at the high frontier, combining a ``universe in 40 jumps'' sort of tourtaking readers from the Moon (1.3 light-seconds) to the galactic field in general (300 million light-years)with a quick spin about the solar system, adding season-by-season charts of the salient planets, stars, and constellations visible from North America. Dozens of color paintings and some photographs accompany the text, and there is a page of advice on choosing and using binoculars and telescopes. The information is readily available elsewhere, but not so engagingly presented. Thus this is a good additional purchase for heavily-used astronomy collections. John Peters, New York Public Library
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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[A] great star-spotting reference. (Rebecca Rupp Home Education Magazine 2009-06-01)

Well-illustrated, this book will help you recognize more than just the big dipper while stargazing. (Wendy Rayson-Kerr Belleville Intelligencer 2012-08-07)

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 1000L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 72 pages
  • Publisher: Firefly Books (February 1, 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0920656668
  • ISBN-13: 978-0920656662
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #55,119 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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61 of 61 people found the following review helpful By Luciano Dalle Ore on January 13, 2000
Format: Paperback
This book is great for anyone who (like me) has never been able to figure out stars beyond the big dipper or to understand what are the relationships of scale between stars, galaxies, clusters, etc.... Adults (including me and my father, age 73) will enjoy this book as much as (probably even more) than children.
Not only it contains celestial maps that make it easy to find the stars, but also it gives some extremely useful tricks for finding them (i.e. using your fist to estimate 10 degrees of arc). Finally, it gives some extremely well narrated and illustrated examples of relative astronomical dimensions, starting from the distance between the earth and the moon and ending with the distances between galaxies. Definitely the best first book to buy to get a clear idea what our universe is all about.
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44 of 44 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 1, 2000
Format: Library Binding
This wonderful book is the one that got me hooked onto astronomy when I was just an 8-year old boy. Even though old (written c. 1986), it has not lost its charm and magic to me. The best part of this book is the beautifully rendered paintings of the night skies and other sights around the universe, which will leave you breathless and in awe of the majestic canvas of the skies. I give it a 2 thumbs up and many stars!
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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 5, 1998
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This book won the New York Academy of Sciences award for children's science literature. And with good reason. The pictures are out of this world. The constellation maps are the easiest to use out of any I have seen. If you are thinking about buying a telescope for your child, you may want to get this book first. It will help you make a decision about how to buy your first telescope, and ensure that your child knows what he or she is looking at.
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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 30, 2001
Format: Paperback
This is a good introduction, and the pictures are great. However, it's dated now. "Jupiter will be below Pegasus in 1987". The stargazing sections give a useful, though basic, guide to the night sky for each season, taking the reader logically from one constellation to another. References to the locations of the planets span 1987 to 1999. Don't look to this book if you want to know where to see the planets tonight. Despite that, the book was worth buying as a first introduction to astronomy.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sarah B on April 2, 2011
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I used to read this book as a child, and I still find it fascinating and informative as an adult. The illustrations are incredible, particularly the artist's renderings in the first section of the book, which takes a journey from our solar system to beyond our galaxy. The second section details the night sky during different seasons of the year. I highly recommend this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. Le Maire on December 5, 2013
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I thought this book would be much bigger, but it's only about 30 pages long. I had purchased it for my nieces as they are starting to get into astronomy with their father. It's written perfectly for them to understand and for their father to get deeper meaning from it. All in all, it's helped them with their star gazing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Heather F. on November 17, 2013
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What a fun book. The pictures are great and the facts in here are fun. It seems a bit outdated where it still lists Pluto as a planet...unless things have changed and Pluto's been upgraded back to planet. Great tips on how to find constellations.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alfred Bhulai on January 24, 2015
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It is an excellent little book -- for Northern Latitudes. Fortunately, the intended recipient is a geographer. But it is still short of stuff we see here like the Southern Cross, Scorpius, and Sagittarius
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