Stargazers' Almanac: Monthly Guide to the Stars and Planets

2011

Bob Mizon

Availability:
Out of print

Quick Look

  • Explore the night skies with this beautifully illustrated monthly guide to the stars and planets
  • Has a loop and eyelet for easy wall hanging, and is presented in a sturdy cardboard gift envelope
  • 'A very good, very useful Almanac.' — Sir Patrick Moore

Twelve north and south double pages showing star and planet positions, and phases of the moon, for each month of the year.

Format:
paperback
Size:
306 x 426 mm
Publisher:
Floris Books
Subject:
Philosophy of the Natural World
Illustrations:
colour illustrations
Extent:
32 pages
ISBN:
9780863157578
Publication date:
19 Aug 2010

Description

Explore the night skies with this beautiful illustrated monthly guide to the stars and planets.

This large-format almanac allows you to step outside and track the planets, locate the Milky Way, recognise the positions of the signs of the zodiac and watch meteor showers.

Stargazers' Almanac 2011 is a beautiful month-by-month guide to the night skies. It's designed specifically for naked-eye astronomy -- no telescope required! -- making it ideal for beginners, children and backyard astronomers. It has become a popular Christmas gift -- and one which lasts the whole year round.

Each monthly chart features two views of the night sky looking north and south, and a visual guide to the phases of the moon and the movements of the planets. The notes include fascinating insights into the science, history, folklore and myths of the stars and planets.

This year the feature article is on sunspots. It is exactly 400 years since the first descriptions of strange spots on the sun were published in 1611. These dark areas of irregular shape overturned the classical views of the universe and revolutionized the way we study astronomy today. They show something of the strange surface of the Sun in the way we can observe them moving across the disk. Their increase and decrease follow a 22-year irregular rhythm and their activity is linked to the shape of the Sun’s corona (the curved rays that can be seen during an eclipse), and the appearance of the aurora.


Stargazers' Almanac 2011 also features:

-- Advice on how to navigate the night sky
-- Overhead reference map of the sky
-- Reference plan of constellations
-- Glossary of constellations and Latin names
-- Glossary of brightness of stars
-- Guide to the signs of the zodiac and how they relate to the stars
-- Loop and eyelet for easy wall hanging; presented in a sturdy cardboard gift envelope

The almanac is endorsed by the British Astronomical Association's Campaign for Dark Skies. 'Sky glow' affects nearly all Britain's night skies with the result that the beauty of our starlit skies, twilight and emerging daybreak are being drowned in an orange sodium glow. Stargazers' Almanac 2011 shows how to reduce light pollution in the home and neighbourhood to reclaim the wonder of the night, as well as save energy.

Suitable for astronomy enthusiasts throughout the Northern Hemisphere's temperate latitudes.

Reviews

'A very good, very useful Almanac.'
-- Sir Patrick Moore

'This Almanac will show you the wonders of the night sky, a sight that is becoming ever more precious with light pollution often masking our view.'
-- Bill Bryson

'A beautiful, informative spread for every month of the year.'
-- Green Parent

'An almanac such as this can be a great blessing and encourage a sense of wonder at the heavens… The almanac will make an attractive and informative present, especially for a young person, to get them interested and involved in actual viewing'
-- Margaret Jones, New View

'With this in hand you should be able to explore the night sky and sort out Andromeda from Perseus … I really felt that with this in my hand I could find my way around the sky as I never have before … this is a really valuable asset to the amateur astronomer and a good gift for anyone with even the slightest interest in the stars. *****'
-- Brian Clegg, www.popularscience.co.uk

'Now a regular player on the night-sky-watching scene, the Stargazers' Almanac for 2011 has appeared in good time to be selected as a Christmas gift for anyone with the slightest interest in what is going on "up there"… a very worthwhile publication.'
-- David Stickland, The Observatory Magazine

'This calendar has a place in the study or library as a reminder of what's up in the sky, and has popular appeal especially for newcomers to astronomy.'
-- Maurice Gavin, Journal of the British Astronomical Association

Author

Bob Mizon, MBE, is co-ordinator of the Campaign for Dark Skies. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society in 1985, and has been associated with the Wessex Astronomical Society in various offices for many years. Since 1996, he has provided a full-time mobile planetarium service to south central England, and has taken the experience of the night sky to nearly 80,000 people, mostly schoolchildren.

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