EXPLORING THE NIGHT SKY: THE EQUINOX ASTRONOMY GUIDE FOR BEGINNERS.
Terence Dickinson. Illustrated by John Bianchi.
Volume 16 Number 2
This excellent introduction to astronomy for the beginner, though aimed at young people, can be enjoyed by anyone. The first section deals with the universe at large and gives a very clear idea of the sizes and distances involved. The second section briefly describes the nine planets of our solar system as well as quasars and black holes. The final section, with excellent simplified star maps, introduces the reader to some of the betterknown constellations visible in the northern U.S. and Canada. There is a combined index-glossary.This attractive paperback is profusely illustrated with drawings, stunning colour photographs and artists' renderings. Generally, there is one full-page illustration facing a page of text and smaller illustrations. Trying to explain the basics of astronomy in sixty pages is no mean feat; obviously, the reader is left with more questions than answers. However, this book serves as an excellent starting-point for the student or the amateur astronomer.
Ingrid von Hausen, New Hamburg, ON.
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