In this richly illustrated guide enthusiast Kerrod explains his stunning photographs of stars, galaxies, planets, and deep-sky objects then goes through the most prominent in detail, giving features, dimensions, essential detail, images, distinctive features, locations, and significant astronomical highlights. He includes detailed illustrations of the tools of the trade, including spaceships, telescopes and star maps for each month. Images include the amazing columns of the Eagle Nebula, and the remains of a supernova. Kerrod includes a glossary but his text is also very accessible. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
This stunningly illustrated visual guide to the heavens deserves a place on every amateur astronomer's bookshelf. It features both sky maps and dramatic photos of all major constellations, from Andromeda to Virgo. It also provides a stargazer's excursion across the solar system, focusing on planets, asteroids, meteors, and comets. Exploring further into deep space, it presents breathtaking photos—many of them taken from NASA's famous Hubble telescope—of colliding galaxies, supernovas, and spirograph nebulae. The author advises beginners on nighttime sky-watching, whether they make their observations with the naked eye, with binoculars, or with a telescope. He also discusses unmanned space exploration, provides star maps for each month of the year, and explains such phenomena as the Big Bang and black holes. The Stargazer's Guide to the Universe is printed throughout in full color and features more than 250 photos and illustrations.