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Title:
Wonders of the night sky you must see before you die : the guide to extraordinary curiosities of our universe
ISBN:
9781624144929
Physical Description:
224 pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm.
Contents:
Introduction -- Magnificent Saturn -- Moon-planet / Planet-planet conjunction -- Three-planet conjunction -- Summer Milky Way -- Winter Milky Way -- Andromeda Galaxy -- Ursa Major the Great Bear -- Total lunar eclipse -- Total solar eclipse -- Awesome aurora -- Southern Cross -- Alpha Centauri -- Orion Nebula -- Carina Nebula -- Pleiades in binoculars -- Moon occultation -- Moon dogs -- Distorted moons -- Light pillars -- Bright meteor shower -- Jupiter's Galilean moons -- Jupiter's great red spot -- Mars's polar caps -- Eight planets in one night -- International Space Station -- Iridium flare -- Vesta, brightest asteroid -- Zodiacal light -- Best double stars -- Ring Nebula -- Perseus double cluster -- Great globular in Hercules -- Slender moons -- Supermoons -- Luna's "dark" side -- Uranus and Neptune -- Crescent Venus -- Cygnus Star Cloud -- Magellanic Clouds -- Magical Mira -- Bright comet -- Airglow -- Earth-grazing meteor -- Sparkling Sirius -- Supernova -- Nova -- All of those other satellites -- Stars on water -- Crab Nebula -- Barnard's Star -- Eta Aquilae, heartbeat star -- Reddest star -- Mercury transit -- Orion's Belt -- Ursa Major moving cluster -- Top 10 lunar wonders -- Galactic duo, M81 and M82.
Summary:
Take your night watching to the next level with Bob King's bucket list collection of 57 remarkable night sky wonders and dark sky destinations. Fill your nights with adventure and the ability to see some of the incredible phenomenon of the sky with this must-have book. Learn all about the brightest and best stars, planets, meteors, comets and constellations using the naked eye, binoculars, telescopes and apps. --
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Do you enjoy looking at the night sky but aren't sure how to keep track of what you've seen? Maybe you're looking to take your night watching to another level and find more incredible sights? Bob King's bucket list collection of 57 must-see night sky wonders and dark sky destinations will fill your nights with adventure and the ability to see some of the incredible phenomenon of the sky. Learn how to find and all about the brightest and best stars, planets, meteors, comets and constellations using the naked eye, binoculars, telescopes and apps. Complete with background information, sight-seeing activities, technological resources and a comprehensive checklist to keep track of your travels, this is the ultimate pocket resource for any sky watcher. This book will feature 57 different activities and 60 photos.


Author Notes

Bob King is the writer of the blog Astro Bob and author of Night Sky with the Naked Eye. He is an avid skywatcher both night and day and a member of the American Association of Variable Star Observers. Bob writes for Universe Today, Sky Telescope magazine and the Duluth News Tribune, where he is also the photo editor. He fives in Duluth, Minnesota.


Table of Contents

Introductionp. 6
1 Magnificent Saturnp. 7
2 Moon-Planet/Planet-Planet Conjuctionp. 11
3 Three-Planet Conjunctionp. 17
4 Summer Milky Wayp. 20
6 Andromeda Galaxyp. 24
7 Ursa Major the Great Bearp. 31
8 Total Lunar Eclipsep. 34
9 Total Solar Eclipsep. 38
10 Awesome Aurorap. 43
11 Southern Crossp. 46
12 Alpha Centaurip. 49
13 Orion Nebulap. 53
14 Carina Nebulap. 57
15 Pleiades in Binocularsp. 61
16 Moon Occultationp. 65
17 Moon Dogsp. 69
18 Distorted Moonsp. 72
19 Light Pillarsp. 75
20 Bright Meteor Showerp. 78
21 Jupiter's Galilean Moonsp. 83
22 Jupiter's Great Red Spotp. 87
23 Mars's Polar Capsp. 90
24 Eight Planets in One Nightp. 95
25 International Space Stationp. 98
26 Iridium Flarep. 103
27 Vesta, Brightest Asteroidp. 106
28 Zodiacal Lightp. 110
29 Best Double Starp. 113
30 Ring Nebulap. 117
31 Perseus Double Clusterp. 120
32 Great Globular in Herculesp. 123
33 Slender Moonsp. 127
34 Supermoopsp. 131
35 Lua's "Dark" Sidep. 136
36 Uranus and Neptunep. 139
37 Crescent Venusp. 143
38 Cygnus Star Cloudp. 147
39 Magellanic Cloudsp. 150
40 Magical Mirap. 154
41 Bright Cometp. 157
42 Airglowp. 161
43 Earth-Grazing Meteorp. 164
44 Sparkling Siriusp. 167
45 Supernovap. 170
46 Novap. 174
47 All of Those other Satellitesp. 177
48 Stars on Waterp. 181
49 Crab Nebulap. 183
50 Barnard's Starp. 186
51 Eta Aquilae, Heartbeat Starp. 190
52 Reddest Starp. 194
53 Mercury Transitp. 197
54 Orion's Beltp. 200
55 Ursa Major Moving Clusterp. 204
56 Top 10 Lunar Wondersp. 207
57 Galactic Duo, M81 and M82p. 211
Epiloguep. 214
Resourcesp. 216
Checklistp. 218
Acknowledgmentsp. 219
About the Authorp. 219
Indexp. 220