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

Author: Ian Ridpath; Wil Tirion
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, 2017. ©2017
Series: Princeton field guides.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Updated and expanded edition.; 5th editionView all editions and formats
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"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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Handbooks and manuals
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ian Ridpath; Wil Tirion
ISBN: 0691177880 9780691177885
OCLC Number: 1004676396
Notes: Includes index.
"First published in 1984 as Collins Pocket Guide Stars and Planets."--Title page verso.
Description: 400 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), maps ; 20 cm.
Contents: Section 1. Introduction --
The star charts --
Northern and southern hemisphere skies --
Monthly skies throughout the year --
The 88 constellations: Andromeda to Vulpecula --
section 2. Stars and nebulae --
Double and multiple stars --
Variable stars --
Milky Way, galaxies and the Universe --
The Sun --
The Solar System --
The Moon --
Moon maps --
Eclipses of the Sun and Moon --
Mercury --
Venus --
Mars --
Jupiter --
Saturn --
Uranus, Neptune and beyond --
Comets and meteors --
Asteroids and meteorites --
Astronomical instruments and observing.
Series Title: Princeton field guides.
Other Titles: Guide to stars and planets
Stars and planets
Responsibility: Ian Ridpath & Wil Tirion.

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"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 incorporates 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."--Amazon.com.

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