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The Stars: A New Way to See Them Hardcover – December 6, 2016
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I love this line from H.A. Rey's opening comments: "Stone age or space age, man will be asking the question his grandparents have asked before him and his grandchildren will ask after him: 'What star is that?'"
My favorite part of the book begins on page 20: Finding North and the Pole Star. I confess this is the section that truly hit home the circumpolar concept for me--quite visually. It was the proverbial flood gate that opened up the night sky for me in ways I truly cannot express. Now, after many years, I know that the star that always hangs about in the evenings above my chimney is Polaris. Through all seasons, year after year, Polaris. It's like finding a loyal neighbor who watches over you. And now I understand why it is always there--when the rest of the sky changes in a never ceasing parade! I have also learned to watch the sky, specifically the Big Dipper, move around Polaris. Rey's umbrella analogy on page 22 demonstrates this so even children can grasp.
The "Some Whys and Hows" section is very helpful in explaining often tricky astro concepts: celestial sphere, sidereal day, declination, right ascension, ecliptic, seasons, sky time, time zones, precession of the equinoxes, moon phases, eclipses, measurements and distances, etc.
Rey's method of redrawing constellations to better approximate their shapes is phenomenal, and I have been able to identify and recall dozens of constellations and stars thanks to them.
If you are interested in basic astronomy or stargazing (or both), you will not regret this book.
It's a great intro to astronomy that has piqued and held all of our interests. It explains everything well and in a way that educates at an introductory level while holding the interest of one with more knowledge. The three of us thoroughly enjoy this book and highly recommend it!