- Paperback: 72 pages
- Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 9 edition (December 10, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1107683157
- ISBN-13: 978-1107683150
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.2 x 11.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 13 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,394,565 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Monthly Sky Guide 9th Edition
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The Monthly Sky Guide offers a clear and simple introduction to the skies of the northern hemisphere for beginners of all ages. This revised and updated edition includes sections on observing the Moon and the planets with or without the aid of binoculars or telescopes, and a comprehensive Moon map.
About the Author
Ian Ridpath is an English astronomy writer and broadcaster, who is also the editor of the Oxford Dictionary of Astronomy and Norton's Star Atlas. He is a recipient of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific's Klumpke�oberts Award for outstanding contributions to the public understanding and appreciation of astronomy. For more information about Ian Ridpath's books, talks, and other interests, visit his personal website, ianridpath.com.
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This 72 page, 8.5 x 11 inch, book is a good basic guide to the sky. It gives a quick introduction to using the book and it's charts, some basic information about observing the planets of our solar system and the moon plus some basic lunar charts. The rest of the book is made up of monthly guides to the night sky. 4 pages for each month, 1 of the complete night sky, then a page of text covering the key stars for that month, what planets are visible (this featured is good from 2013 until 2017), where to look for them... what constellation they will be in and how visible the planet will be (Mars will be visible in Feb. 2014 from late evening until dawn and will be in the constellation of Virgo at magnitude +0.2 to -0.5, passing withing half a degree of Venus on Feb. 21 & 22). It also lists Eclipses. Then the text describes the dominating constellation for that month. February is Canis Major... the Great Dog. It also explains that Canis Major is also the home of the star Sirius which is the brightest star in the night sky at -1.4 magnitude. Along with ancient folklore about the constellations and stars for the month it also delivers much scientific information about them.
All in all it is a great book. The only flaw that I see in this book is that it is not spiral bound, which would make it easier to use out under the stars themselves. That's were any good astronomy guide should be used.