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Star Watch : The Amateur Astronomer's Guide to Finding, Observing, and Learning about over 125 Celestial Objects,9780471418047

Star Watch : The Amateur Astronomer's Guide to Finding, Observing, and Learning about over 125 Celestial Objects

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Edition: 1st
Format: Paperback
Pub. Date: 7/24/2003
Publisher(s): Wiley
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Summary

Your Passport to the Universe The night sky is alive with many wonders--distant planets, vast star clusters, glowing nebulae, and expansive galaxies, all waiting to be explored. Let respected astronomy writer Philip Harrington introduce you to the universe in Star Watch, a complete beginner's guide to locating, observing, and understanding these celestial objects. You'll start by identifying the surface features of the Moon, the banded cloud tops of Jupiter, the stunning rings of Saturn, and other members of our solar system. Then you'll venture out beyond our solar system, where you'll learn tips and tricks for finding outstanding deep-sky objects from stars to galaxies, including the entire Messier catalog--a primary goal of every serious beginner. Star Watch features a detailed physical description of each target, including size, distance, and structure, as well as concise directions for locating the objects, handy finder charts, hints on the best times to view each object, and descriptions of what you'll really see through a small telescope or binoculars and with the naked eye. Star Watch will transport you to the farthest depths of space--and return you as a well-traveled, experienced stargazer.

Author Biography

PHILIP S. HARRINGTON is a contributing editor for Astronomy magazine and has been published in most leading astronomy periodicals. He is also the author of Star Ware, Touring the Universe through Binoculars, and Eclipse!, all published by Wiley.

Table of Contents

Preface.
Acknowledgments.
1. Your Passport to the Stars.
2. The Moon
3. The Planets and Asteroids.
4. The Sun.
5. The Deep Sky.
6. Spring Sky Windows.
7. Summer Sky Windows.
8. Autumn Sky Windows.
9. Winter Sky Windows.
Epilogues: Afterthoughts.
Appendix A. The Constellations.
Appendix B. Planets 2003-2015.
Appendix C. The Messier Catalog Plus.
Bibliography and References.
Glossary.
Index.

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