"IF YOU BUY JUST ONE GUIDE... YOU WON'T DO BETTER THAN THIS" BBC Sky at Night Magazine · 12 month-by-month Night Sky Maps for year-round stargazing · Monthly Calendar of moon phases and special events in 2019 · Planet Watch: the best viewing days for planets in 2019 · Dark Sky Map of the UK - find the darkest skies · Optical Equipment Guide - Which Telescope? · The major astronomical events of 2019 · Month-by-month top 20 Sky Sights 2019 Plus: · Expert advice on what to see each month from Heather Couper and Nigel Henbest, Philip's internationally renowned authors. · The Solar System 2019 explains the movement of the planets, with particular attention paid to their positions in 2019. Solar and lunar eclipses, meteor showers and comets are also described. · Expert Robin Scagell's Equipment Review looks at the pros and cons of Stargazing with reflector or refractor telescopes. · And all superbly illustrated with photographs taken by the best amateur photographers illustrating the night skies. Book Description Philip's Month-by-Month Stargazing 2019 is the guide for Stargazers in Britain and Ireland. The new 2019 edition has been completely revised to make it even more essential for exploring the night skies. Essential reading for astronomers at all levels - and the perfect gift for every stargazer. About the Authors Philip's Stargazing Month by Month 2019 is written by two of the UK's best-known and respected astronomers. Professor Heather Couper CBE, FRAS, is an internationally acclaimed astronomer, writer and presenter/producer of TV and radio programmes. Professor Nigel Henbest researched in radio astronomy at Cambridge University, with the Astronomer Royal, and has been a Consultant to both New Scientist magazine and the Royal Greenwich Observatory.
Author: Heather Couper,Nigel Henbest
Philip's Month-by-Month Stargazing 2017 is a concise guide to the northern-hemisphere night sky, helping starwatchers to see the year's most fascinating events, whether observing with the naked eye, binoculars or a telescope. The authors have also included ideas for joining Citizen Science projects at the cutting edge of astronomical research. The guide is suitable for use between latitudes 40°N and 60°N, including Britain and Ireland, Europe as far south as Rome, and Canada and the northern USA as far south as Philadelphia. Each chapter (one for each month of the year) has a colour star map, created by Wil Tirion, showing the positions and phases of the Moon, the positions of the planets, and other useful information. Each month also includes a constellation described in detail; special events during the month, such as eclipses; a featured astronomical object, usually a deep-sky target; plus an astrophotograph, with details of how it was taken. The Solar System Almanac explains the movement of the planets, with particular attention paid to their positions in 2017. Solar and lunar eclipses, meteor showers and comets are also described. Exploring the Deep Sky provides a list of recommended deep-sky objects. The observer can use the monthly charts to discover which constellations are on view, and then use this information to plan deep-sky observing. The book concludes with an Equipment Review. Here Robin Scagell, author of Philip's Stargazing with a Telescope, provides a round-up of what's new in observing technology.
The guide to the northern night sky
Author: Heather Couper,Nigel Henbest
Publisher: Hachette UK
“This is a great guide to the night sky at a great price”Astronomy Now A comprehensive handbook to the planets, stars and constellations visible from the northern hemisphere. 6 pages for each month covering January–December 2019.
Author: Storm Dunlop,Wil Tirion,Royal Observatory Greenwich
Publisher: HarperCollins UK
The ninth edition of Ian Ridpath and Wil Tirion's famous guide to the night sky is updated with planet positions and forthcoming eclipses to the end of the year 2017. It contains twelve chapters describing the main sights visible in each month of the year, providing an easy-to-use companion for anyone wanting to identify prominent stars, constellations, star clusters, nebulae and galaxies; to watch out for meteor showers ('shooting stars'); or to follow the movements of the four brightest planets, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn. Most of the sights described are visible to the naked eye and all are within reach of binoculars or a small telescope. This revised and updated edition includes sections on observing the Moon and the planets, with a comprehensive Moon map. The Monthly Sky Guide offers a clear and simple introduction to the skies of the northern hemisphere for beginners of all ages.
Author: Ian Ridpath
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
"This is a great guide to the night sky at a great price" Astronomy Now A comprehensive handbook to the planets, stars and constellations visible from the northern hemisphere. 6 pages for each month covering January-December 2019. This practical guide is both an easy introduction to astronomy and a useful reference for seasoned stargazers. Now includes a section on comets and a map of the moon. Designed for Britain and Ireland but usable anywhere in the world between 40�N and 60�N, covering most of Europe, southern Canada and the northern United States. Written and illustrated by astronomical experts, Storm Dunlop and Wil Tirion, and approved by the astronomers of the Royal Observatory Greenwich. Content includes: * Advice on where to start looking. * Easy-to-use star maps for each month with descriptions of what to see. * Positions of the moon and visible planets. * Details of objects and events you might see in 2019.
A Month-By-month Guide to Exploring the Skies Above Britain and Ireland
Author: Storm Dunlop,Wil Tirion,Royal Observatory Greenwich
Philip's Stargazing With Mark Thompson provides the perfect introduction to the fascinating hobby of astronomy for beginners, written by TV's favourite astronomer. With 30 years' experience in observational astronomy and helping hundreds of newcomers get started in their new hobby, Mark Thompson takes everything he has learned and leads his readers skilfully through their early stargazing experiences in this brand-new book - Philip's Stargazing With Mark Thompson. He provides a wealth of knowledge, with valuable hints and tips to aid beginners in their first steps in astronomy. Not only does Mark demonstrate great observational techniques and how to find the brighter objects in the sky, but he guides his readers through the important steps of choosing and using a telescope. This is a book that will not only act as a guide to the novice astronomer but, by drawing on Mark's own experiences, will be a companion to share in the wonders of the night sky.
The essential guide to astronomy by TV's favourite astronomer
Author: Mark Thompson
Advance praise for Philip Plait s Bad Astronomy "Bad Astronomy is just plain good! Philip Plait clears up every misconception on astronomy and space you never knew you suffered from." --Stephen Maran, Author of Astronomy for Dummies and editor of The Astronomy and Astrophysics Encyclopedia "Thank the cosmos for the bundle of star stuff named Philip Plait, who is the world s leading consumer advocate for quality science in space and on Earth. This important contribution to science will rest firmly on my reference library shelf, ready for easy access the next time an astrologer calls." --Dr. Michael Shermer, Publisher of Skeptic magazine, monthly columnist for Scientific American, and author of The Borderlands of Science "Philip Plait has given us a readable, erudite, informative, useful, and entertaining book. Bad Astronomy is Good Science. Very good science..." --James "The Amazing" Randi, President, James Randi Educational Foundation, and author of An Encyclopedia of Claims, Frauds, and Hoaxes of the Occult and Supernatural "Bad Astronomy is a fun read. Plait is wonderfully witty and educational as he debunks the myths, legends, and 'conspiracies that abound in our society. 'The Truth Is Out There' and it's in this book. I loved it!" --Mike Mullane, Space Shuttle astronaut and author of Do Your Ears Pop in Space?
Misconceptions and Misuses Revealed, from Astrology to the Moon Landing "Hoax"
Author: Philip C. Plait
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Philip's Glow-in-the-Dark Planisphere (Latitude 51.5 North) is a fun and practical starfinder designed for use anywhere in Britain and Ireland, Northern Europe, Northern USA and Canada. The planisphere is in two parts: the star map base and the rotating oval overlay, which can be separated by unclipping the stud in the middle. Hold the star map beneath a bright light for a short period just before you use it to make the stars and constellations glow. Then turn the oval panel to the required date and time to reveal the whole sky visible from your location.The map, by the well-known celestial cartographer Wil Tirion, shows stars down to magnitude 5. The planisphere is supplied in a full-colour wallet, which provides illustrated step-by-step instructions for use and includes a season-by-season guide to the night sky for beginners.
Author: Philip's Maps and Atlases Staff
Published in 1905, this highly illustrated work by Sir Robert Stawell Ball (1840-1913) is a concise introduction to astronomy.
Author: Robert Stawell Ball
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Philip's Astrophotography With Mark Thompson is an essential guide for anyone wishing to photograph or image the stars and planets, written by TV's favourite astronomer. For many people, looking at the sky is not enough and they would love to try and capture what they can see. Until a few years ago, capturing astronomical images was fraught with many challenges, but with the development of digital cameras replacing film, things have become much easier and great astronomical images are now within the reach of even the most novice stargazer. Mark Thompson has spent many years capturing the beauty of the night sky, first with film and now with the digital camera, and has discovered and overcome many of the pitfalls. This book takes the reader on a journey through the world of capturing astronomical images from using the humble mobile phone to specialist cameras, brought to life with Mark's personal experiences and many of his own astronomical images.
Author: Mark Thompson (Astronomer)
Category: Astronomical photography
So, what do you get an atheist for Christmas? This collection of smart, funny essays, of course—short works by 42 resolutely secular-minded geniuses about how to survive (and even enjoy) the holiday season…without feeling the Christmas Spirit move you. Editors Robin Harvie and Stephanie Meyers have gathered writers, celebrities, comedians, and scientists to deliver essays ranging from the hilarious to the reflective to the charmingly absurd in The Atheist’s Guide to Christmas, a perfect gift for the Pastafarian who has everything, the Scrooge who wants nothing, and anyone else interested in the diverse meanings that Christmas can hold.
Author: Robin Harvie,Stephanie Meyers
Publisher: Harper Collins
H.G. Wells's hugely influential book tracks the exploits of a writer who struggles to survive an alien invasion of Victorian England. After seeing the monstrous Martians firsthand, the narrator attempts to evade their destructive mechanized vehicles and must stay on the run to avoid detection. As he meets other desperate humans, he becomes increasingly pessimistic about any chance of survival. The novel stands as a major milestone in science-fiction literature, inspiring legions of subsequent writers and an endless array of hostile-alien scenarios.
Author: Herbert George Wells
Category: Science fiction
This is an iintroductory guide to the night sky, from the Royal Observatory Greenwich. Offering complete advice from the ground up, Stargazing is the perfect manual for beginners to astronomy, introducing the world of telescopes, planets, stars, dark skies and celestial maps. Discover how to tackle light pollution, how to stargaze with just your eyes, and what equipment is best for beginners. This book explains the best ways to plan your stargazing experience and the keys things to look out for on specific dates throughout the year. With seasonal star charts, constellation charts and facts about our Solar System, Stargazing is packed full of useful information and guidance for both the Northern and Southern Hemispheres. Bridging the gap between human curiosity and the need for scientific expertise, Stargazing allows a complete novice to understand our place in the cosmos and enjoy the beautiful and extraordinary wonders of the night sky.
Beginners Guide to Astronomy
Author: Greenwich Royal Observatory,Radmila Topalovic,Tom Kerss
An extraordinary look at an ordinary dayJune 16, 1904in the life of a middle-aged Jewish man living in Dublin, Ireland. Leopold Bloom, who is sure that his wife is being unfaithful, must come to terms with how that affects their marriage and whether it changes the nature of their love for one another. Richly detailed stream-of-consciousness narration immerses the reader in the thoughts and emotions of the characters as they deal with the normal events of daily life in Dublin, as well as grander issues like sexuality, prejudice, birth, and death. This is an unabridged version of Irish author James Joyce's groundbreaking modernist tale, which parallels Homer's Odyssey. It was first published serially in the American journal The Little Review between 1918 and 1921, and published in novel form in 1922 in Paris.
Author: James Joyce
Publisher: First Avenue Editions
Invaluable for both beginners and advanced observers, Philip's Planisphere (Latitude 35 South) is an essential travel accessory for astronomy enthusiasts visiting Australia, New Zealand, South Africa or southern South America. To use this practical hour-by-hour tracker of the stars and constellations, you simply turn the oval panel to the required date and time to reveal the whole sky visible from your location.The map, by the well-known celestial cartographer Wil Tirion, shows stars down to magnitude 4, plus several deep-sky objects, such as the Pleiades, the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds (LMC and SMC), and the Orion Nebula (M42). Because the planets move round the Sun, their positions in the sky are constantly changing and they cannot be marked permanently on the map; however, the back of the planisphere has tables giving the positions of Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn for every month until 2020.The planisphere is supplied in a full-colour wallet that contains illustrated step-by-step instructions for how to use the planisphere, how to locate planets, and how to work out the time of sunrise or sunset for any day of the year. It explains all the details that can be seen on the map - the magnitudes of stars, the ecliptic and the celestial coordinates. In addition, the section 'Exploring the skies, season by season' introduces the novice astronomer to the principal celestial objects visible at different times of the year. Major constellations are used as signposts to navigate the night sky, locating hard-to-find stars and some fascinating deep-sky objects. The movement of the stars is also explained.
For Use in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Southern South America
Written by a former freelance writer for Astronomy magazine, the guide provides almost daily data and information on the Moon and planets and lists details of hundreds of astronomical events. ***LIMITED TIME ONLY*** Also covers July to December 2018! Included in the guide are: * Graphical depictions of the Moon and planets throughout the month * Data tables for the Moon and planets including position, magnitude, apparent diameter and elongation from the Sun. * Conjunctions between the Moon, planets and bright stars (including angular separations for planetary conjunctions.) * Lunar and Solar eclipses * Annual summaries of when to observe the planets * Annual summaries of notable close planetary conjunctions * Peak dates for the major meteor showers with moon phase * Inferior and superior conjunctions for Mercury and Venus * Greatest eastern and western elongations for Mercury and Venus * Oppositions and solar conjunctions for the outer planets * Dates of the equinoxes and solstices PLUS * Twenty-four star charts with accompanying lists of suggested deep sky objects Whether you're an expert astronomer or a casual star gazer, the almanac is the essential guide for observers everywhere. Praise for previous editions: "For a guy like me, that is always out observing and shooting the stars with my telescope, this book is VERY informative. Lots of great info. I will definitely refer to it before I go out with my scope. Thanks." - Peter Guierra, September 21st 2014 (Amazon US) "Love it! In the last few years my interest in astronomy has grown tremendously. This book will definitely come in handy." - Michael Dylo, October 26th 2014 (Amazon US) "I can't imagine how much work it took to bring together all the information in this book! With that said, it will be my constant observing companion observing for the next few years!" - WJohnson, September 20th 2014 (Amazon US) "This is a superb book, well laid out and easy to follow even if you are a complete novice or keen astronomer." - Mr Fletcher, October 26th 2014 (Amazon UK) "I found this book very user friendly and instinctive, it is exactly what I have been looking for." - K. J. Simmill, November 3rd 2014 (Amazon UK) "Very concise guide to the sky over the next few years, written with more advanced amateurs in mind, but could be used by anyone with more then a passing interest." - Amazon Customer, November 11th 2014 (Amazon UK)
A Comprehensive Guide to Night Sky Events
Author: Richard Bartlett
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Fantasy is a creation of the Enlightenment, and the recognition that excitement and wonder can be found in imagining impossible things. From the ghost stories of the Gothic to the zombies and vampires of twenty-first-century popular literature, from Mrs Radcliffe to Ms Rowling, the fantastic has been popular with readers. Since Tolkien and his many imitators, however, it has become a major publishing phenomenon. In this volume, critics and authors of fantasy look at its history since the Enlightenment, introduce readers to some of the different codes for the reading and understanding of fantasy, and examine some of the many varieties and subgenres of fantasy; from magical realism at the more literary end of the genre, to paranormal romance at the more popular end. The book is edited by the same pair who produced The Cambridge Companion to Science Fiction (winner of a Hugo Award in 2005).
Author: Edward James,Farah Mendlesohn
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Category: Literary Criticism