THE STARGAZERS GUIDE TO THE NIGHT SKY Hardcover – 1 Mar 2012
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Explore the night sky, identify stars, constellations, and even planets. Stargaze with a telescope, binoculars, or even your naked eye. Allow Dr. Jason Lisle, a research scientist with a masters and PhD in astrophysics, to guide you in examining the beauty of God's Creation.
Lisle designed Stargazer's Guide to the Night Sky for everyone from young students to amateur astronomers. In it you will:
Learn the best ways and optimal times to observe planets and stars
Discover how to choose the best telescope for you
Find 150 stunning, full-color star-charts and other easy to use illustrations for success
"How do phases of the moon work? When will the next solar eclipse take place? What is that bright star setting in the west? How do I find Saturn? What sorts of objects can be seen with binoculars?" These questions and many more are easily answered with the helpful tips and basic understanding of astronomy presented in this book.
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Jason Lisle has written a wonderful book entitled "The Stargazer's Guide to the Night Sky" that is designed for everyone from students to amateur astronomers. Lisle earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics and Astronomy from Ohio Wesleyan University as well as a Master's and PhD in Astrophysics from the University of Colorado in Boulder. He has taken his vast knowledge and understanding of our universe and written a book that is not only a wonderful resource for families but a great educational resource as well.
This 240 page full-color book is filled with amazing facts about astronomy, creation, Science, the Bible, constellations, astronomy vocabulary and definitions and much more. Containing over 150 beautiful photographs of our universe, full-color star charts and easy to use illustrations this book is captivating just from the pictures and charts alone. There are also videos links for expert advice for those who like to dig a little deeper into the world of astronomy and physics. Our family has enjoyed reading this book and even taking it outside at night to try to identify stars and constellations that we can see with our naked eye. We also have a telescope and have been amazed by what all we can see from learning how to use the telescope appropriately through Dr. Lisle's easy to understand writings. This book has also taught the kids some about Geography as they learn about the different spheres, lines of latitude/longitude, altitude, etc. We often have found the kids curled up in a chair just reading this book or coming to us all excited wanting to go out at night to see if they could find a particular star or constellation that they had read about in this book.
This book and its contents have inspired our soon-to-be 4th grader to want to study about space and Astronomy in Science next year. We purchased the Apologia Astronomy set for her to study in homeschool and The Stargazer's Guide to the Night Sky is going to be an awesome resource to use throughout this study as well. Not only would this be a beautiful coffee table book, it would be a great gift for anyone who teaches school, a great gift for a local library or your child's school library or for those who homeschool. The possibilities of how to use this book are endless and even as an adult, I love reading this book and have learned so much from it already. No matter where you live, whether you have a telescope or not, you will be blessed by this book as it teaches you how you can marvel at God's amazing beauty in the night time skies using just what you have where you are right now.
The book contains twelve chapters and will slowly introduce you to the terminology and the how to of stargazing. Take a look at the table of content:
Chapter 1: Motions in the Sky - Basic. This chapter will explain to you how the Earth rotate on its axis and how any object in the sky will complete a circuit in 24 hours. With clear pictures and explanations, you will get the basic understanding on how the stars travel in the sky, the phases of the moon, the seasons, the planets and much more.
Chapter 2: Motions in the Sky - Advanced. This chapter will provide more in depth information about how the the sky move above our heads. With more details, the author provide insights on sunset and sunrise, how the moon orbits, eclipses, the motion of planets and how they are divided in superior and inferior ones, comets, meteor showers and much more to satisfy the curiosity of any student.
Chapter 3: Understanding the Eye. Have you taken the time to understand how your eye work? This chapter will highlight the basic functions of the eye so that you can get he most of your observations during the night.
Chapter 4: Astronomy with the Unaided Eye. This specific chapter will provide you guidance on how to identify the constellations and bright stars without using a telescope during the various seasons of the year. It also highlights some of the most frequent constellations that you would want to see during a specific time of the year.
Chapter 5: Celestial Events. This chapter covers the main celestial events that we could observe in a year. It also gives you dates of future events as well as tips on how to protect your eyes during a solar eclipse. Other events like atmospheric phenomena, solar system dust and satellites are also mentioned in this chapter.
Chapter 6: Telescope Basics. Now that you have observe the night sky with your own eyes, this chapter will introduce you to the use of a telescope. It will also provide information on what to look for if you are looking to purchase one.
Chapter 7: Telescope Observing Sessions. This chapter will guide you on how to dress up and what to do for an observation session.
Chapter 8: The Moon and the Sun. This chapter provides detailed information on our moon and our sun.
Chapter 9: The Planets. This chapter concentrates on each individual planet that we can observe with a good telescope.
Chapter 10: Star Classification and Telescope Viewing. This chapter will give you more detailed information on the classification of stars as well as telescope viewing. With plenty of images, charts and graphs, you can learn more on how to observe the stars with your telescope.
Chapter 11: Deep Sky Objects. This chapter will provide information on how you can also observe deep sky objects like open star clusters, globular star clusters, nebulae, and galaxies.
Chapter 12: Astrophotography. Finally, this chapter will guide you in developing your passion with suggesting the type of equipment you will need in order to do astrophotography.
Though the book challenge you to experience yourself with the information read in the chapters, I think it would be nice to have some sort of reading comprehension test for the student. However, even though I find it is missing on the quizzing to discover how much was retained, I find the book is very complete in guide you in the discovery of a fun activity that could be done with your kids. Taking the time to understand our night sky and observe it will open your eyes to see the majestic creation that God has done.
I find this book would be a great item to have for homeschoolers of middle, high school and college/university students.
The pictures are beautiful and stunning through the whole book, I can only imagine what it would look like if I had a physical copy over the electronic format of the book. I really enjoyed the first chapter which is the "motions in the sky - basic" because it gave me a way to use a quick method for measurements while star gazing - you know those charts that use degrees to tell you how to find a star, constellation or planet? Using certain fingers and hand measurements will give you and idea of the degree measurements, which will not make it much easier to find those celestial events that we usually miss out on because we can't find the correct degree.
The amount of information in this book could easily launch you or your child into an in depth study of astronomy. Written from a creation viewpoint and distinctly Christian there won't be things you'll have to omit or research more information because it's all there for you - I wish I had had this book when we studied astronomy a few years back, but now that I do I will add it back in when we study the stars again.
**I received an e-copy of this book from Master Books in exchange for posting my honest opinion, no other compensation was given.
I picked up a copy of the popular "NightWatch" book for only $10 at a local discount store and, although it's a good book and has some handy star charts, it doesn't have anywhere near the information "The Stargazer's Guide" has.
"The Stargazer's Guide" is written by an astronomer who is a creationist, and is published by Master Books, which is a creationist publishing house. This was one of the main reasons I purchased the book: I wanted something written from a Christian (and creationist) perspective.
Except for the biblical quote (Psalm 19:1) on the first page, and the brief Afterward at the end of the book, one would never suspect "The Stargazer's Guide" was written from a Christian (and creationist) perspective.
This is what I was looking for: a good, basic stargazing guide that replaces the typical and negative anti-theistic "We're insignificant to an uncaring universe" perspective with the more positive Christian perspective:
"The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork." (Psalm 19:1)
I found the first two chapters of the book, on celestial motion, to be especially helpful.
This really is a good book, and not just for Christians and creationists.
Anyone who is interested in stargazing should buy this book.
Even though everything I mentioned above is fun to do there is so much more to the night sky than what we see when we look up! As a homeschool mom I love turning every day life moments into learning adventures. There is so much to learn about the night sky and Dr. Jason Lisle's book - The Stargazer's Guide to the Night Sky is an amazing resource tool for learning all you can about the stars, constellations, the moon, planets and so, so much more!
The book comes in textbook form and is filled with beautiful pictures and information on everything from Telescopes to Astrophotography and everything in between. On the very front cover page you will find Psalm 19:1
The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.
I love a book that not only fills you with knowledge, but also has a foundation in The Word of God. As Dr. Jason Lisle says in the book "An understanding of the heavens can only deepen a person's appreciation for the Creator".
This is not the first book we have of Dr. Jason Lisle and I'm sure it won't be the last. We were able to meet him and listen to a few of his talks last year at a Homeschool Expo that we attend. I do encourage you to read this book and other books of his! God made this great big universe for us to enjoy and learn about! Let this book be your Guide to the Night Sky!
*This book was provided to my by New Leaf Publishing in exchange for my review.