Book Title: Stargazers' Almanac: A Monthly Guide to the Stars and Planets 2017 : 2017
Author: Chris Hadfield
Format: Paperback | 32 pages
Publication Date: 16 Sep 2016
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 constellations of the zodiac and watch meteor showers.
Stargazers' Almanac 2017 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 is a perennially popular Christmas gift -- and one which lasts the whole year round.
This year there is a feature article on the total sun eclipse across North America in 2017 and another article on Charles Messier, who died 200 years ago and published an astronomical calendar to help comet hunters.
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.
Stargazers' Almanac 2017 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. The 2017 Almanac includes an interesting discussion of the pros and cons of the new LED street lights being installed across the United Kingdom.
Suitable for astronomy enthusiasts throughout the Northern Hemisphere's temperate (non-tropical) latitudes.