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Night Sky Atlas Hardcover – April 26, 2004
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Grade 5 Up–A visually stunning and informative introduction to astronomy and stargazing. Opening materials include definitions, polar and equatorial sky maps, and instructions on using the book. The bulk of this spiral-bound volume is arranged chronologically, featuring the part of the sky best observed each month of the year. Each entry focuses on a specific constellation and its component stars and includes a photo of that area of the sky. Six of the pictures have a plastic overlay that shows the outline of the constellation. Interspersed between months are spreads on topics such as the evolution and types of stars, the sun, planets and other solar system objects, nebulae, and galaxies. There is minimal text, with most information conveyed through detailed captions or the images themselves. Added features include numerous sidebars with factual data, such as dates of future eclipses, brief biographies of famous astronomers, and statistics on heavenly bodies. The information is concise, yet the author does not shy away from complex topics such as parallax and red shifts. Profusely and beautifully illustrated, the book features numerous pictures of celestial objects and clear, easy-to-understand diagrams. Jack Challoner's The Atlas of Space (Copper Beech, 2001) is similar and more detailed, but lacks the visual impact and abundance of star maps of Scagell's title.–Jeffrey A. French, Euclid Public Library, OH
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Top Customer Reviews
What is most likeable about this book is its monthly focus on the constellations at night. You stargazers, astronomers, and dreamers, out there will be able to take a particular month and gaze into the night sky and locate the particular constellations that are most noticeable that month. There are six clear overlays with lines to configure the shapes of the constellations that are most noticed during this month. What's really neat are the illustrations of dot to dot of the particular constellation; it makes it more recognizable.
The newly revised edition (2007) contains a CD-ROM produced by the publisher, Dorling Kindersley, known as DK. This CD-ROM is an atlas that will explain how to see and read the night sky, not just in your backyard, but for those all over the world, from their viewing point, at all latitudes. It contains 5 simple interactive screens to further your knowledge of the celestial sphere, the solar system, the constellations, spacecraft & satellites, and finally, downloadable images.
By itself, the book is a fantastic view of the night sky during each of the twelve months, focusing on some very specific stars and constellations seen during that month. This would be an excellent book for the child and parent who love to stargaze. Could that be you, "I"? A high powered telescope would be the best accompaniment; this is just a starting point.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
We love this book. My kids love looking at the transparent constellation overlays and I love reading about them.Published 7 days ago by JC
easy to use, insightful — another treat from DK PublishingPublished on July 16, 2014 by David McCann