Backyard Guide to the Night Sky

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A clear night, plenty of stars, and National Geographic's Backyard Guide to the Night Sky are the perfect combination to start a lifelong appreciation of the wonders of the heavens. With an expert yet easygoing approach, this little volume is packed full of information that illuminates key astronomical concepts alongside the history and legends surrounding the stars and planets. Ten chapters cover everything you'll need to know to begin-from safely observing an eclipse, to picking Mars out of a lineup, to using star charts to identify constellations and their stars. Practical tips cover how equipment can enhance your experience and how to take night sky photography.

Includes more than 300 images that show what objects to hunt for and where to find them; sidebars tell the legends and history of the stars; conveniently sized to take along on any adventure.

by Howard Schneider, Foreword by Sandy Wood. 287 pages, color.