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This hip and handy guide helps you learn the science behind blue skies, sun dogs, and the solar eclipse, and shows you how to observe nocturnal wonders such as lunar halos, Martian ice caps, and far-off galaxies. Fifty celestial phenomena come to life with expert tips from astrophysicist Sarah Barker and stylish illustrations by Maria Nilsson. Any explorer can become an adept observer with their guidance, and more ambitious stargazers will be able to discover more distant sights with the help of binoculars, a telescope, or a local astronomy group. With a glow-in-the-dark cover, 50 Things to See in the Sky is a perfect complement to your next camping expedition and a wonderful gift for anyone who marvels at what lies in our celestial sphere.
About the Author
Sarah Barker is an accomplished astrophysicist and award-winning documentary film producer. She has collaborated with NASA, National Geographic, the Science Channel, Animal Planet, and the BBC. Originally from England, she currently lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Maria Nilsson is a freelance illustrator based in London. Her work can also be found in 50 Things to Do with a Penknife and 40 Knots and How to Tie Them.
"This hip and handy guide helps unlock the science behind blue skies, sun dogs, solar eclipses, and shows how to observe nocturnal wonders such as lunar halos, Martian Ice caps, and far-off galaxies. With the glow-in-the-dark cover, this is a perfect compliment to your next camping expedition and wonderful gift for anyone who marvels at what lies in our celestial sphere."
- The Backwoodsman,
"In this stargazer's guide (with a glow-in-the-dark cover), astrophysicist Barker gives tips for finding celestial phenomena with or without a telescope. She shares practical tips and tricks to navigate the boundless sky, such as how to identify the constellation Orion, spot the red supergiant star Betelgeuse and even locate the Apollo 11 moon landing site. The amusing illustrations and maps come in handy to identify the right time and place for observing. Although only 50 sights are highlighted, there is much more to explore out there. As Barker writes, 'the sky isn't the limit-the sky has no limit.'"
- Scientific American
"This global introduction to the night sky includes wonders that can be viewed only from the Southern or Northern hemispheres, as well as objects that can be seen from anywhere depending on the time of the year. The blue-and-white illustrations provide a clear picture of what the viewer is looking for; the many references to free apps and websites can further inspire astronomical exploration."
- School Library Journal
"Astrophysicist and author Sarah Barker teamed up with illustrator Maria Nilsson to create this great book for beginner stargazers. It offers up informative details and viewing tips for things you can glimpse when you look up with off-the-shelf binoculars or a telescope. The glow-in-the-dark book cover is a nice touch." - The Awesomer
"[Astrophysicist and television producer Sarah Barker] shares her enthusiasm in 50 Things to See in the Sky, a richly illustrated, layperson-friendly guide to everything from constellations to quasars and how to find them. Step-by-step instructions and helpful diagrams ensure that beginners won't get overwhelmed....Maria Nilsson's whimsical and accurate drawings enhance the book's tasteful blue-and-white color scheme, while a glossary and a closing section on resources such as star map apps guarantee that readers will soon be looking to the skies for themselves."
- Foreword Reviews