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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Princeton Univ Pr
Publication date January 8, 2001
Pages 400
Binding Paperback
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780691089133
ISBN-10 0691089132
Dimensions 1.25 by 4.75 by 7.50 in.
Weight 1.30 lbs.
Availability§ Out of Print
Original list price $19.95
Other format details university press
§As reported by publisher
Summaries and Reviews
Summary
A new edition provides the basics of astronomical observation; the astrophysics behind stars, galaxies, comets, and our solar system; and month-to-month full-hemisphere maps of the night sky. Original. (view table of contents)
Amazon.com description: Product Description:

In this new edition of their classic guide, Ian Ridpath and Wil Tirion bring the night sky down to earth with brand new sky charts, diagrams, and photos that enrich the clear, engaging text. Stars and Planets will delight both latent astronomers who have yet to touch a telescope and the more star-savvy who have spent many a night outside craning their necks behind a lens.



The introduction presents the basics of astronomical observation while answering such questions as: How did constellations come to be? Do the stars within them have anything to do with one another? Do stars really flicker? Next comes the book's centerpiece: an excellent series of maps of the night sky from hemisphere to hemisphere, month to month and, above all, charts showing all 88 constellations, including some 5,000 stars. The text vividly relates the human history behind each constellation and notes their most prominent stars while offering sundry stimulating facts.



The second section focuses on the astrophysics behind stars, galaxies, the sun, the planets, comets and meteors, and more. Striking full-color photos, maps, and illustrations appear on almost every page. The guide concludes with helpful tips on the optical tools of the trade and on astrophotography. Astrophysicists and amateur skywatchers agree that Stars and Planets is simply the most user-friendly, compact source of celestial information available. No one should leave home at night without it.





  • Up-to-date full-color photos and data, including recent planetary images

  • Monthly maps of the night sky as seen from latitudes throughout the world

  • Charts of all 88 constellations, with data and notes on bright stars and other objects of interest

  • Illustrated introduction to stars, nebulae, galaxies, and the solar system

  • Advice on choosing and using binoculars and telescopes




Editions
Hardcover
Book cover for 9780691089126 Book cover for 9780789435606
 
With Wil Tirion | from Princeton Univ Pr (January 1, 2001)
9780691089126 | details & prices | 5.00 × 7.50 × 1.25 in. | 1.50 lbs | List price $65.00
About: In this new edition of their classic guide, Ian Ridpath and Wil Tirion bring the night sky down to earth with brand new sky charts, diagrams, and photos that enrich the clear, engaging text.
With Greenwich Royal Observatory (other contributor), Amie Gallagher | from Dk Pub (September 1, 1998)
9780789435606 | details & prices | 224 pages | 6.00 × 9.00 × 1.00 in. | 1.25 lbs | List price $29.95
About: Offers information about all eighty-eight constellations of the northern and southern skies and provides simple star charts for easy identification
Paperback
Book cover for 9780691089133 Book cover for 9780789435217 Book cover for 9781405357968
 
from Gardners Books (July 1, 2010)
9781405357968 | details & prices | 224 pages | 5.50 × 8.00 × 0.75 in. | 0.90 lbs | List price $16.90
About: This is a new edition of the clearest, most authoritative guide to stars and planets you will find.
The price comparison is for this edition
With Wil Tirion | from Princeton Univ Pr (January 8, 2001)
9780691089133 | details & prices | 400 pages | 4.75 × 7.50 × 1.25 in. | 1.30 lbs | List price $19.95
About: A new edition provides the basics of astronomical observation; the astrophysics behind stars, galaxies, comets, and our solar system; and month-to-month full-hemisphere maps of the night sky.
With Greenwich Royal Observatory (other contributor), Amie Gallagher | from Dk Pub (September 1, 1998)
9780789435217 | details & prices | 224 pages | 6.00 × 8.50 × 0.75 in. | 0.95 lbs | List price $18.95
About: Offers information about all eighty-eight constellations of the northern and southern skies and provides simple star charts for easy identification
Library
Book cover for 9780865927612
 
from Rourke Pub Group (November 1, 1982)
9780865927612 | details & prices | List price $12.66
About: In this new edition of their classic guide, Ian Ridpath and Wil Tirion bring the night sky down to earth with brand new sky charts, diagrams, and photos that enrich the clear, engaging text.

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