Stars & planets The complete guide to the stars, constellations, and the solar system

Ian Ridpath

Book - 2017

"In this newly updated and expanded edition of their classic work, Ian Ridpath and Wil Tirion illuminate the night sky as never before, providing novice stargazers and professional astronomers alike with the most informative, user-friendly, comprehensive, and authoritative celestial field guide available. The product of a thirty-year collaboration between one of the world's leading astronomy writers and the world's foremost celestial mapmaker, Stars and Planets features superb color sky charts, diagrams, or photographs on almost every page; clear and engaging writing; a spacious and attractive design; and a compact size. This updated edition features the latest information on stars, a revised section on planets that incorpora...tes recent research on exoplanets, and some revised charts and new photographs. Simply put, Stars and Planets is indispensable. Don't leave home--at night--without it. Detailed charts covering all 88 constellations in the Northern and Southern hemispheres. Data and notes on all bright stars and other objects of interest. Detailed Moon maps and descriptions of the main lunar features. Tips on choosing and using binoculars and telescopes, to suit any budget. The only guide to provide annual planetary data as a downloadable online resource. Updates include the latest data on stars and exoplanets and some revised charts and new photos."

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Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press [2017]
Main Author
Ian Ridpath (author, -)
Other Authors
Wil Tirion (author)
Updated and expanded edition
Item Description
First published in 1984 as Collins pocket guide stars and planets.
Physical Description
400 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 20 cm
Includes index.
Contents unavailable.
Review by Choice Review

Guidebooks like Stars and Planets are very useful references at the telescope for beginners and for experts. This text by Ridpath and Tirion--both independent astronomy scholars--is a well-known reference work, and this is its fifth edition. The entire sky is presented in hemisphere maps, but each individual constellation is given its own map and description. The constellation pages include descriptions of bright stars, a brief mythology and history of the constellation, and often an inset with a color image of an important object or other description of interest to observers. There are several excellent Moon maps, too, which can be used to identify the major craters visible to observers. Besides the maps and tables of interest to observers at the telescope, the book also provides information on the nature of stars and how they evolve. This content is bolstered by richly detailed images of nebulae. There are also sections on each of the planets that contain tables of data and NASA images. These sections make the book just as valuable for study away from the telescope--helping readers understand the nature of the astronomical objects they observe. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All readers. --Christopher Palma, Pennsylvania State University

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