3rd ed. 2012, XV, 423 p. 132 illus., 34 illus. in color.
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Enables Northern Hemisphere readers to quickly determine the next celestial event they can see with the naked eye
Guides readers through eight years of the sky's rhythms via a month-by-month almanac and annual overviews with each year's best events
Helps seasoned observers such as ‘eclipse chasers’ plan travel for events
Celestial Delights is the essential 'TV Guide' for the sky. Through extensive graphics integrated with an eight-year-long calendar of sky events, it provides a look at "don't miss" sky events, mostly for naked-eye and binocular observing. It is organized by ease of observation – lunar phases and the brighter planets come first, with solar eclipses, the aurora, and comets coming later.
This third edition also includes a hefty dose of sky lore, astronomical history, and clear overviews of current science. It provides a handy reference to upcoming naked-eye events, with information broken out in clear and simple diagrams and tables that are cross-referenced against a detailed almanac for each year covered. This book puts a variety of information all in one place, presents it in a friendly way that does not require prior in-depth astronomical knowledge, and provides the context and historical background for understanding events that astronomy software or web sites lack.
Content Level »Popular/general
Keywords »Astronomical observing - Astronomy with binoculars - Celestial almanac - Naked-eye observing - Observing planets - Observing stars and constellations - Observing the Moon