. . . an essential addition to every astronomy enthusiasts library . . . a book that can be used many years hence and remain as timeless as the science it glorifies. -EyepieceFred Schaaf is one of the most experienced astronomical observers ofMore . . . an essential addition to every astronomy enthusiasts library . . . a book that can be used many years hence and remain as timeless as the science it glorifies. -EyepieceFred Schaaf is one of the most experienced astronomical observers of our time.
For more than two decades his view of the sky - what will be visible, when it will be visible, and what it will look like - has encouraged tens of thousands of people to turn their eyes skyward. Now Freds knowledge and enthusiasm paints the sky into a single book, which will be a wonderful resource. - David H. Levy, Science Editor, Parade Magazine, discoverer of 21 comets, and author of Starry Night and Cosmic DiscoveriesFred Schaaf is a poet of the stars.
He brings the sky into peoples lives in a way that is compelling and his descriptions have all the impact of witnessing the stars on a crystal clear dark night. - William Sheehan, author of Mars: The Lure of the Red Planet and The Transits of VenusThe ideal book for the amateur astronomer or anyone curious about our place in the universe, A Year of the Stars takes the reader on a fascinating journey of discovery through the seasons of the starry night sky. Acclaimed popular science writer Fred Schaaf, who has written the monthly stars and planets columns for Sky & Telescope magazine for over ten years, has created this eloquent guide that both beginners and veteran skywatchers will find rewarding.Schaaf leads off with an introductory section that provides fundamental knowledge about astronomy, so that even the complete novice can plunge into the book at any month and follow the discussion.
The section starts with naked-eye astronomy, describing how the starry heavens are mapped and organized. It then delves into telescopic astronomy, explaining the basic structure of the universe (including the various kinds of stars, star clusters, nebulae, and galaxies) and offering advice about selecting and using telescopes and binoculars.The rest of the book uses a month-by-month organization, highlighting the constellations, stars, deep-sky objects, meteor showers, and other special phenomena visible each month, with many fascinating insights into the science, history, and lore of each months sights.
Schaafs many years of monthly columns in Sky & Telescope and similar writing he has done for many publications (the Old Farmers Almanac, Mother Earth News, and others) make him the worlds leading expert in the monthly format of astronomy sights.Complete with beautiful maps, drawings, photos, and a very useful glossary, this is the perfect book for savoring the experience of skywatching the whole year through.Fred Schaaf (Millville, NJ), a contributing editor and columnist for Sky & Telescope and writer of a weekly astronomy newspaper column for more than a quarter-century, is the author of ten books on popular astronomy, including 40 Nights to Knowing the Sky and Comet of the Century.