National Geographic Backyard Guide to the Night Sky (Paperback)

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By Howard Schneider, Sandy Wood (Foreword by)
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Stargazing's too much fun to leave to astronomers, but often we re blinded by sciencedry facts can easily turn enchantment into a chore. We just want to lie down, look up, and understand the heavens above. The "National Geographic Backyard Guide to the Night Sky" shows us how.
Authors Howard Schneider and Patricia Daniels take an expert but easygoing approach that doesn t overwhelmit invites. Ten chapters cover everything a beginning stargazer will need to know, from understanding the phases of the moon to picking Mars out of a planetary lineup to identifying the kinds of stars twinkling in the constellations.
Throughout the book, star charts and tables present key facts in an easy-to-understand format, sidebars and fact boxes present illuminating anecdotes and fun facts to sweep us swiftly into the stardust, and by the time we realize we ve been schooled in solid science we re too engrossed to object.
Along with practical advice and hands-on tips to improve observation techniques, the guide includes an appendix full of resourcesfrom books and web sites to lists of astronomy clubs and associations to local planetariums and museums. This indispensable book guides us on a new path into the night sky, truly one of the greatest shows on Earth.

About the Author

Howard Schneider is a veteran reporter who contributes regularly on science and health for the "Washington Post."

Patricia Daniels has written extensively on history and science, including "National Geographic Encyclopedia of Space."
Product Details
ISBN: 9781426202810
ISBN-10: 1426202814
Publisher: National Geographic Society
Publication Date: July 7th, 2009
Pages: 287
Language: English