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Stars and Planets: The Most Complete Guide to the Stars, Planets, Galaxies, and Solar System - Updated and Expanded Edition

Ian Ridpath Wil Tirion

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Princeton University Press
19 September 2017
Mathematics & Sciences; Popular astronomy & space
The indispensable guide to the night sky--now in a newly updated and expanded edition In this newly updated and expanded edition of their classic work, Ian Ridpath and Wil Tirion illuminate the night sky as never before, providing novice stargazers and professional astronomers alike with the most informative, user-friendly, comprehensive, and authoritative celestial field guide available. The product of a thirty-year collaboration between one of the world's leading astronomy writers and the world's foremost celestial mapmaker, Stars and Planets features superb color sky charts, diagrams, or photographs on almost every page; clear and engaging writing; a spacious and attractive design; and a compact size. This updated edition features the latest information on stars, a revised section on planets that incorporates recent research on exoplanets, and some revised charts and new photographs. Simply put, Stars and Planets is indispensable. Don't leave home--at night--without it. * Detailed charts covering all 88 constellations in the Northern and Southern hemispheres* Data and notes on all bright stars and other objects of interest* Detailed Moon maps and descriptions of the main lunar features* Tips on choosing and using binoculars and telescopes, to suit any budget* The only guide to provide annual planetary data as a downloadable online resource* Updates include the latest data on stars and exoplanets and some revised charts and new photos
By:   Ian Ridpath, Wil Tirion
Imprint:   Princeton University Press
Country of Publication:   United States
Edition:   Updated and Expanded
Dimensions:   Height: 191mm,  Width: 127mm, 
Weight:   680g
ISBN:   9780691177885
ISBN 10:   0691177880
Series:   Princeton Field Guides
Pages:   400
Publication Date:   19 September 2017
Audience:   General/trade ,  College/higher education ,  ELT Advanced ,  Primary
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Ian Ridpath is the author or editor of many books, including the Oxford Dictionary of Astronomy and Norton's Star Atlas. Wil Tirion is the world's leading celestial mapmaker and the illustrator of many books, including The Cambridge Star Atlas.

Reviews for Stars and Planets: The Most Complete Guide to the Stars, Planets, Galaxies, and Solar System - Updated and Expanded Edition

The handy size, copious illustrations, maps and charts, as well as the latest in astrophotography throughout ... practically beg[s] astronomers to take [Stars and Planets] along to star parties. --Astronomy This marvelously dense field guide tells you everything you need to know to find your way around the sky, whether you are an eager novice who is just looking around or a serious observer using binoculars or a telescope. --Discover [A] rich resource for advanced amateurs, but novices will also like the star charts (both Northern and Southern hemispheres) and abundant explanatory text detailing each of the 88 constellations and the stars within them, as well as the sun, moon, planets, and Milky Way. --Library Journal Though I'm not in a position to assess the title's proclamation of being the most complete guide, I will say that it is the best one that I've read. With Ian Ridpath's text and Wil Tirion's illustrations, the Princeton Field Guides Stars & Planets is a wonderful guide to the stars, planets, galaxies, and our own solar system. It will help in getting that elusive target into the finder and onto the eagerly awaiting eye. --Mark Mortimer, Universe Today Praise for previous editions: For those who gaze at the night sky, seeking the familiar patterns known to sailors and shepherds, this field guide will be an invaluable companion. --Bruce E. Fleury, Science Books & Films Praise for previous editions: This marvelously dense field guide tells you everything you need to know to find your way around the sky, whether you are an eager novice who is just looking around or a serious observer using binoculars or a telescope. --Discover Praise for previous editions: [A] first-class pocket field guide to the sky... The charts, by Wil Tirion, are what we would expect of this master of celestial cartography; they are uncluttered, easy to read, and compress many (but not too many!) objects in a small space... [A] very nicely produced book. --John Mosley, Planetarian Praise for previous editions: The handy size, copious illustrations, maps, and charts, as well as the latest in astrophotography throughout ... practically beg[s] astronomers to take [Stars and Planets] along to star parties. --Astronomy Praise for previous editions: Comprehensive yet compact... this beautiful guide is suitable for amateurs and novices as well as stargazers more acquainted with navigating their night skies. --Irene Wanner, Seattle Times Praise for previous editions: [A] rich resource for advanced amateurs, but novices will also like the star charts (both Northern and Southern hemispheres) and abundant explanatory text detailing each of the 88 constellations and the stars within them, as well as the sun, moon, planets, and Milky Way. --Library Journal Praise for previous editions: Ridpath and Tirion are an unbeatable team. Ridpath writes concisely and movingly about the sky, and Tirion's charts are beautifully done and easy to follow. This is a superb guide to the night sky. --David H. Levy, codiscoverer of the Shoemaker-Levy 9 comet Praise for previous editions: A concise and beautifully illustrated guide to the sky's best sights, and to the science behind them. --Mitchell Begelman, author of Turn Right at Orion: Travels through the Cosmos


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