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
Sandy Wood and Kara Kovalchik are the authors of "The Snapple Aptitude Test," They are also the editors of the infotainment weekly Tidbits and research editors for mental_ floss magazine. They collaborated, with Dane Sherwood, on "The Pocket Idiotas Guide to Not So Useless Facts" and "The Pocket Idiotas Guide to More Not So Useless Facts,"