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Star watch : the amateur astronomer's guide to finding, observing, and learning about over 125 celestial objects
Author:
Harrington, Philip S.
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Publication Information:
Hoboken, N.J. : John Wiley & Sons, [2003]

©2003
Physical Description:
ix, 301 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780471418047
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Book

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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 Notes

Philip S. Harrington is a contributing editor for Astronomy magazine.


Table of Contents

Prefacep. vii
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
1 Your Passport to the Starsp. 1
2 The Moonp. 23
3 The Planets and Asteroidsp. 49
4 The Sunp. 81
5 The Deep Skyp. 91
6 Spring Sky Windowsp. 102
7 Summer Sky Windowsp. 144
8 Autumn Sky Windowsp. 199
9 Winter Sky Windowsp. 237
Epilogue: Afterthoughtsp. 275
Appendices
A. The Constellationsp. 277
B. Planets: 2003-2015p. 279
C. The Messier Catalog Plusp. 281
Bibliography and Referencesp. 287
Glossaryp. 289
Indexp. 295