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Exploring the Night Sky: The Equinox Astronomy Guide for Beginners

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Exploring the Night Sky is aimed at novice star gazers anxious to expand their astronomical repertoire beyond the Big and Little Dippers. Dickinson has designed a superb introduction to astronomy that is clear, concise, beautifully illustrated, and very "user friendly" no matter what the child's age.
Paperback, 72 pages
Published February 1st 1987 by Firefly Books
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Jean
Mar 30, 2016 Jean rated it it was amazing
This book for young adults is dated 2002 in my copy, reprinted in 2007. It is a nice introduction to the the solar system and constellations. It is a bit dated (Pluto is still a planet and it discusses where planets will be in the 2003-2007 range). I liked the illustrations and the facts were presented in easily digestible chunks. I wish it had been updated, but much has changed since it was published. Now where the planets might be on any given night is easily found on the internet or apps such ...more
Stephen
Feb 08, 2008 Stephen rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
As my friends (Kaedyn & Kyle) know, grandma takes the grandkids out for their birthday. Makenzie wanted to go to the Planitarium, and see a star show. They talked me in to going with them. It was great, and after we spent almopst an hour at the gift shop.
I bought this book for myself. I learned so much about space and the stars, and solar systems. It is like they go on nad on and have no end!
This is a small book, only 72 pages, but it has good pictures, and helps me understand what is out th
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Oct 24, 2016 Daniel Kukwa rated it liked it
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It's an almost surreal experience reading this book, considering how much has changed about our understanding of space and other worlds since this work's original publication in 1987. In spite of the many revelations that have occurred since then, this remains a solid guide for both rookie astronomers, and those interested in seeing just how tiny the Earth is, in comparison to the rest of the universe. Certainly, for a certain age group, this makes for fascinating reading...but it definitely nee ...more
Namiko
Nov 17, 2013 Namiko added it
Since I'm not good at numbers (I cannot do math) it is very hard to understand how big, long it is, but the illustrations help me a lot. Astronomy is interesting but I found it difficult to understand. I cannot be Benjamin Banneker but I can be a stargazer. This book encouraged me that I can see some major stars and constellations even though in cities. I just learned to use my hand "ruler" to measure sky distances and so what I need now is "a dim flashlight and reclining lawn chair."
Paul
Sep 04, 2013 Paul rated it it was amazing
I read this book in third grade. I remember reading a few books about astronomy similar to this one around the same time but this was easily the best of them. It was very interesting and it had some amazing illustrations.
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Terence Dickinson is a prolific science writer specializing in astronomy. More than one million copies of his 14 books are in print in five languages. His best-known book, NightWatch: A Practical Guide to Viewing the Universe, is widely regarded as the essential guidebook for beginning stargazers. NightWatch, first published in 1983, now has over 600,000 copies in print, making it the top-selling ...more
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