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- DescriptionSets out a simple month-by-month program to reveal all of the night sky's biggest and most beautiful secrets in just one year - and with only a few hours of stargazing each month By investing just an hour a week and $50 in biculars, it's possible to learn a few simple techniques and quickly gain a real insight into the night sky's ever-changing patterns - and what they tell us about Earth, the seasons and ourselves. Searching more for a learned appreciation of nature and our exact place within the cosmos than academic scientific kwledge, science and travel writer Jamie Carter takes the reader on a 12 month tour of the night sky's incredible annual rhythms that say so much about Earth. During the journey he learns about the celestial mechanics at work in the skies above that are - to the beginner - almost beyond belief. As well as the vital constellations and clusters, and the weird and wonderful nebulas, he searches out dark sky destinations across the globe that help increase kwledge and give a new perspective on familiar night sky sights. On the journey he witnesses a solar eclipse and grapples with star-charts, biculars, smartphone apps, telescopes, spots satellites and attempts basic astro-photography. By year's end, the reader will be able to glance at the night sky from anywhere on the planet and tell what direction he or she is facing, what time it is, where all the planets are and even where the Galactic Center Point is.
- Author BiographyJamie Carter is a journalist based in the United Kingdom with 17 years experience of communicating science and technology via articles in magazines, newspapers and online. In his work as a travel journalist he has written several eye-witness articles and reports on everything from the aurora borealis, total solar eclipses and stargazing to the dark sky destinations, astro-tourism and astro-photography. His work has been published by the BBC Sky At Night magazine and website, MSN, LifeHacker, Real Travel and Hong Kong's South China Morning Post newspaper, for which Jamie is a regular columnist. Jamie also owns and edits the TravGear.com website. While reporting from under some of the darkest skies the world has to offer, Jamie became convinced that stargazing should be an essential part of any trip or outdoor vacation. His efforts to learn as much as possible about the night sky in one calendar year led to some intensive research, incessant stargazing, and an unexpected obsession with the lunar calendar. It led to a series of articles for the BBC Sky At Night magazine, which inspired this book.
- Author(s)Jamie Carter
- PublisherSpringer International Publishing AG
- Date of Publication18/11/2015
- SubjectPopular Science
- Series TitleAstronomer's Pocket Field Guide
- Place of PublicationCham
- Country of PublicationSwitzerland
- ImprintSpringer International Publishing AG
- Content Note3 black & white illustrations, 150 colour illustrations, biography
- Weight470 g
- Width127 mm
- Height203 mm
- Spine23 mm
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