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We all gaze at the night sky in wonder—and this guidebook, the ninth in the National Geographic Pocket Guide series, provides a go-to reference for everything filling the dark canvas above us. A basic guide to the solar system, distant galaxies, exoplanets and deep space, satellites and spacecraft, the big bang, meteor showers, and moon phases, this book also features scores of sky and constellation charts for stargazers. Each of the 147 featured topics includes a photograph or explanatory illustration or graphic. Interesting facts and tips throughout offer a quick guide to observing the night sky with the naked eye, from the Big Dipper and the North Star to auroras and eclipses.
About the Author
CATHERINE HERBERT HOWELL has written extensively on natural history for National Geographic, including Flora Mirabilis and chapters of Bird-watcher's Bible. A volunteer naturalist, she lives in Arlington, Virginia.