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Mapping the Sky: the Essential Guide to Astronomy.

LEILA HADDAD AND ALAIN CIROU

This guide is both a visually engaging and a clearly written introduction to reading the night sky with the naked eye, a telescope, or binoculars. A broad historical account of how the universe has been understood, explored, and chartedby Greek philosophers, Renaissance sky mappers, Galileo, and Isaac Newton illustrates how observation and theory collaborate. The second half of the book details how to pick the right telescope and how to use it, then unlocks one-by-one the mysteries of the night sky from our solar system to the nebulae of deep space. A star chart is included, as are details of how to photograph one's observations. Originally published in France in 2001. Chronicle Bks, 2003, 236 p., color photos/illus., flexibind, $24.95.
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Date:Sep 20, 2003
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