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Stargazing: A Graphic Guide To The Heavens

Sunday, August 1, 2010 , Posted by ebizar at 3:17 AM

On a crystal-clear evening, on vacation perhaps, how often do we contemplate the night sky and promise to learn the stars and constellations? Somehow, we never get round to it. Charts in newspapers look too complicated. Astronomical handbooks are equally daunting.

Stargazing is the answer – the night sky simply and beautifully mapped, an animated stellar atlas that works from anywhere on Earth. Season-by-season, it signposts and explains. Little by little – like learning a language – the cosmos is comprehensible.

Stargazing is a glossy work of reference that will last and last. Animated vignettes turn points of light – stars, nebulae, galaxies – into supernovae, flashing pulsars, searing quasars and rotating swarms of 150-billion stars with super-massive black holes at their centers.

The sky is viewed from three latitude bands – from the mid-latitudes of the northern hemisphere (Japan, Europe, North America), from the tropics, and from the mid-latitudes of the southern hemisphere (Australasia and southern South America). There are no “talking heads”, no interviews, no on-screen host.

Part 1 – How The Sky Works

Part2 – Northern Latitudes

Part 3 – Tropics and South

Part 4 – Vagabonds: 1/3, 2/3 and 3/3

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