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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.
[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)
Top Customer Reviews
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.
It was well worth the reading. It is a solid 4.5 stars (because its age is starting to show), but I rounded it up to 5 stars because the illustrations are so good.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought this book to go with the telescope I bought for my grandson. It was perfect.Published 14 days ago by Zabs
Great book, good graphics, very helpful. I Got this for my grown husband and it was still helpful for him to learn the basics.Published 2 months ago by Adam M. Raver