• Paperback: 288 pages
• Publisher: National Geographic; 2 edition (March 19, 2019)
Explore the star-studded cosmos with this fully updated, user-friendly skywatcher’s guide, filled with charts, graphics, photographs, and expert tips for viewing — and understanding — the wonders of space.
Stargazing’s too much fun to leave to astronomers. In these inviting pages, “Night Sky Guy” Andrew Fazekas takes an expert but easygoing approach that will delight would-be astronomers of all levels. Essential information, organized logically, brings the solar system, stars, and planets to life in your own backyard. Start with the easiest constellations and then “star-hop” across the night sky to find others nearby. Learn about the dark side of the moon, how to pick Mars out of a planetary lineup, and which kinds of stars twinkle in your favorite constellations. Hands-on tips and techniques for observing with the naked eye, binoculars, or a telescope help make the most out of sightings and astronomical phenomena such as eclipses and meteor showers. Photographs and graphics present key facts in an easy-to-understand format, explaining heavenly phenomena such as black holes, solar flares, and supernovas. Revised to make skywatching even easier for the whole family, this indispensable guide shines light on the night sky–truly one of the greatest shows on Earth!
If you've followed my blog for a while, you know that my husband and I are avid stargazers. We both have telescopes, we have delved into astrophotography and are just super excited about the night sky, stars, planets and nebula and all of that goodness.
When I was given the opportunity to review this book, I jumped right in because I knew that it would be a family favorite and would for certain have a place in our bookshelf.
I didn't get a chance to look through the book the first few days because it was quickly claimed by my husband who absolutely loves science and physics and astronomy and such. He actually started his Bachelors in Physics.
Anyway, if you are an avid stargazer, or even if you are not but are wanting to get into it, this book is a must for your family.
It is a great educational tool, beautifully illustrated, and jam packed with information on anything you could see up in the night sky.
With summer just around the corner, and the inevitable hours we will spend outside, it is such a great resource to have on hand.
The book itself is the perfect size to throw in a bag, or even keep in the car if you are going on a road trip or somewhere to stare up at the sky.
As a homeschooling family, it is also a great tool for my 10th Grader, and since he will be taking Astronomy next year, I think it may become his best friend for anything sky related.