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Night Sky Atlas Hardcover – April 26, 2004

4.6 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 and up
  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: DK Children (April 26, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 075660284X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0756602840
  • Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 0.7 x 12.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,931,951 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Barrie W. Bracken on January 18, 2008
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As a very mature adult I can say I thoroughly enjoyed my peak into this book. As an adult I can gladly say I was thrilled by the excitement it generated in a six year old child for whom I bought it. If you want to know how a child will react to this, I can tell you that research with a sampling of one shows great excitement for this volume. It is well contructed and beautifully laid out.
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You will be excited to have this book in your collection; it is an informative introduction to astronomy and stargazing. It contains, maps, definitions, and instructions on how to use this book to become familiar with the heavenly sky. If you are fascinated by a particular constellation, the other constellations will seek your attention, and they will get it. Be there!

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.
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By Cami on February 19, 2009
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If you could only pick one Astronomy book, this is the one to get! It has transparent overlays of the constellations traced out over the night sky. This book has just been amazing, and SO helpful in learning more about the stars and constellations.
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I give the book a five for graphics, layout,and its effort to reach both beginners and intermediates. Even an advanced stargazer like myself found the charts interesting especially the wide field equatorial and polar views. But the CD, dramatically featured on the front, is a real dud, so slim in real content as to appear to be an afterthought or sales gimmick, and not at all up to DK standards. A few animations, some photos, and a real clunky interface with reader. Why even include it and raise our expectations...and the price?
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we got this for our 8 yr old grand daughter who is fascinated with space and space-related things. it is a perfect starting point for her and has provided a starting fpoint for further reading!
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Purchased this for a grand daughter who is interested. She loves the full page photos and drawings. She is asking questions about what is there and the text explains it for a student. Great teaching tool.
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Obviously this book is geared at much older children, but I just wanted to point out that if you just can't wait, even a toddler can appreciate this book. We checked this out from the library, and by the second day my 2.5 year old was naming all the planets and moons and types of stars and constellations. So we're going to buy her her own copy. She's memorizing rather than learning at this point, but it's neat to watch her having so much fun looking at all the pretty pictures, and to have such a nice looking book in our collection.
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The book, which I will give as a gift for a wedding, is great in terms of it's content and I'm almost sorry to give it away. Even more, as the book reached me in a bad shape: there were dirty marks on several pages and it looked scratched!!! Booo for amazoon, but compliments for the book.
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