From the Back Cover
From the beginning of time, humans have turned their eyes sky-ward with curiosity, awe, and wonder. To the ancients, the heavens were the abode of the gods. Todays astronomers, professional and amateur alike, may use sophisticated instruments to explore the sky – but they are as fascinated by the challenge of understanding the universe as the skywatchers who preceded them.
'Skywatching' is an accessible yet authoritative guide to the heavens. Under the expert guidance of a renowned astronomer, we tour our immediate Solar System – Sun, Moon, and planets – and venture into deep space, the realm of the stars, galaxies, and nebulae. Here too are up-to-date tables and diagrams, practical advice on basic tools and techniques, and detailed constellation charts, along with a magnificent gallery of colour images.
More than a lavish reference source, 'Skywatching' offers everything you will need to embark on your own personal adventure of discovery.
About the Author
DAVID LEVY has discovered 21 comets since 1984 – eight from his own backyard and 13 others as part of the Shoemaker-Levy team at Palomar. He also writes a column for 'Sky and Telescope', is the author of eight books, and the winnerof the 1993 Amateur Achievement Award, which recognized his contribution in the field of astronomy.
DR JOHN O’BYRNE lectures in the School of Physics at Sydney University. He has a broad range of theoretical interests and is a Secretary of the Astronomical Society of Australia.
WIL TIRION drew the sky maps and constellation charts for this publication. He started making star atlases as a hobby in1977 and in 1983 he bacame a full-time sky cartographer.
ROBERT BURNHAM has been an amateur since the late 1950s. His main interests revolve around observingthe Moon and planets by telescope, but he also enjoys reading about cosmology. An active amateur geologistand birder, he is at present the Editor in Chief of 'Astronomy' magazine.