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Stargazing : astronomy without a telescope
Moore, Patrick.
Personal Author:
Second edition.
Publication Information:
Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, [2001]

Physical Description:
vi, 209 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
General Note:
Includes index.

Format :


Call Number
Material Type
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QB63 .M66 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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On a clear night, the vastness and beauty of the star-filled sky is awe inspiring. In Stargazing: Astronomy without a Telescope Patrick Moore, Britain's best known astronomer, tells you all you need to know about the universe visible to the naked eye. With the aid of charts and illustrations, he explains how to "read" the stars, to know which constellations lie overhead, their trajectory throughout the seasons, and the legends ascribed to them. In a month-by-month guide he describes using detailed star maps of the night skies of both the northern and southern hemispheres. He also takes a look at the planets, the Sun and the Moon and their eclipses, comets, meteors, as well as aurorae and other celestial phenomena--all in accessible scientific detail. This captivating book shows how, even with just the naked eye, astronomy can be a fascinating and rewarding hobby--for life.

Author Notes

Patrick Moore was born on March 4, 1923. He is one of the most prolific authors of popular astronomy books. He began publishing astronomy books in 1950 and has been extremely active ever since.

He is director of the lunar section of the British Astronomical Association and was director of the Armagh Planetarium in Northern Ireland from 1965 to 1968. Moore has been the host of a television program, "The Sky at Night," which appeared first on BBC in April 1957. He was awarded the Order of the British Empire in 1968 for his work in astronomy.

Patrick Moore died December 9, 2012.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 1

Choice Review

As the host of a monthly astronomy television show since 1957, Moore may be England's most enthusiastic stargazer. For this book, one of some 70 he has written, he includes numerous maps of the night sky and illustrations of constellations for viewers at many different latitudes. The lively prose and helpful tidbits of observing advice are hallmarks of Moore's style. Moore does not limit the text to descriptions of constellations, but also includes some of their history and their basic motions. The sun (and eclipses), our moon, the planets, comets, and auroras each have their own short chapter. Although observers might also want an additional observing aid (such as a star wheel designed for their latitude), the illustrations and details of what to look for at different times of year are very helpful for beginners, who are often overwhelmed with a star atlas showing so many stars that they cannot orient themselves. This book excels at providing easy directions for exploring the night sky. Recommended for general readers. M.-K. Hemenway University of Texas at Austin