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

ISBN-10: 0471418048
ISBN-13: 9780471418047
Edition: 2003
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Description: 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  More...

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Book details

List price: $16.95
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 7/1/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 312
Size: 7.75" wide x 9.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.166
Language: English

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.

Preface
Acknowledgments
Your Passport to the Stars
The Moon
The Planets and Asteroids
The Sun
The Deep Sky
Spring Sky Windows
Summer Sky Windows
Autumn Sky Windows
Winter Sky Windows
Epilogue: Afterthoughts
Appendices
The Constellations
Planets: 2003-2015
The Messier Catalog Plus
Bibliography and References
Glossary
Index

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