- Series: Peterson Field Guides
- Paperback: 592 pages
- Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; 4th,Updated edition (November 23, 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0395934311
- ISBN-13: 978-0395934319
- Product Dimensions: 4.5 x 1.2 x 7.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 65 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #374,740 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A Peterson Field Guide to Stars and Planets (Peterson Field Guides) 4th,Updated Edition
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An entire astronomy library packed into a single portable field guide, Jay Pasachoff's entry in the Peterson Field Guide series is a delightful introduction to, and reference for, the universe revealed in the night sky.
If you have any interest in astronomy at all, you can always find something in here to look at or just to sit and ponder about.
Besides the obvious things like monthly star charts for both northern and southern hemispheres, the book contains a complete 52 chart atlas of the sky put together by Wil Tirion with notes on objects in each chart, clever finder charts and tables for the planets for a ten year period, history and lore of the naming of the constallations, many, many photographs of astronomical objects taken by Hubble and other telescopes, an atlas of the moon, and many enlightening charts and tables of things like details of the brightest/nearest stars, the planets and their moons, and so on.
There's a section on each of the planets, and of course lots of coverage of the sun and eclipses of the sun and moon.
It always surprises me that this book doesn't seem to get as much respect in astronomical circles as I think it deserves. While you can certainly fill a library with astronomical books and atlases that are better than this field guide in any one area, you will not do better than this book in stuffing all of that information together in one "to go" package.
An excellent gift for a child starting to get interested in science and the world at large.
I could go on, but you should just buy the book and see for yourself :-)
I had the 2nd edition, and I never new there was a 4th until I searched for a friend to find him a copy!
Even tho I've got my Sky Atlas star charts, this one is just fun! Especially when lounging at a star party!