- Paperback: 84 pages
- Publisher: Astronomical Workshop; 2010 edition (September 30, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0934546568
- ISBN-13: 978-0934546560
- Product Dimensions: 14.7 x 10.6 x 0.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,253,473 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Astronomical Calendar 2010 2010th Edition
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The Astronomical Calendar has been published continuously since 1974, and is now used by about 20,000 amateurs, telescope-owners, clubs, teachers, planetariums, libraries, and just people that enjoy the sky in over 100 countries. An introduction explains how to use the various components of the book and, if you are a beginner, what to select at first (since there are so many levels of information). For each month there is a large map of the evening sky; facing it, a diary of 40 or so events, many with paragraph-long descriptions. Other features on the monthly pages are diagrams of where the planets are in their orbits, "Constellation Clues," "Telescopic Tour" (coordinates of selected objects findable in the month), "Observer's Highlights," and sketches of the most striking sky scenes. Supplementary sections include Highlights of the Year, The Sun, The Moon, Special Moons, Young Moon and Old Moon, Eclipses, Conjunctions, each of the planets, Meteors, Asteroids, Comets, Spaceflight, Deep-Sky Profiles, Light Pollution, Glossary, Magnitude and Elongation, Rising and Setting, Quick Reference, and a colored centerfold all-sky map. Some features are contributed by experts Fred Schaaf, Clifford Cunningham, Alastair McBeath, Alan Hale, Joe Rao, and Richard Nugent.
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All this comes with a cost, of course; the 26 extra pages devoted to monthly highlights means less room for some of the annual overview information that has long filled the bulk the calendar. Gone are the centerfold sky dome maps; and coverage of planets, meteors, comets, eclipses may be slightly shorter, but is still substantial. The primary sacrifices are the long-time Fred Schaff essay on some aspect of the deep sky, and the recent inclusion of 2 or 3 special features (those with a library of annual calendars now have a good collection of timeless material from these features; Fred may well have pretty much covered what he wished to by now anyway). One more fun new feature is a colorful 4-page spread near the back (Fred's old spot), featuring Zodiac strips for each month, on which we can track the planets and the sun's twilight/predawn glow through the course of the year.
If perchance you've lagged on getting these each year (an omission I'll admit to being guilty of at times), suffice to say this is a good year to give it another look!!
This is the most valuable and enjoyably written product purchase on the market .
The most well assembled and written collection of astronomical information available.
Superb, large format graphics of monthly and perpetual astronomical illustrations of everything you might
want to know about the universe.
This is a must have for anyone with interest in astronomy.
However, if you want to learn astronomy or plan your year as an amateur astronomer, this is for you.