Astronomy: the Definitive Guide is the perfect handbook for all who are
interested in our place in the universe. Prepared under the direction of
consultant editor Robert Burnham, the Guide includes hundreds of
photographs, illustrations, and sky maps that bring to life the intriguing
subject of astronomy.
This guide is divided into two sections. The first, Discovering The Universe,
explains our changing understanding of Earth's place in the Universe, and
provides an up-to-the-minute guide to astronomy today. It describes the main
celestial bodies and explores the big questions raised by our evolving
understanding of the universe. Also included is advice on selecting the
most appropriate equipement for skywatching and tips on becoming a
The second section, A Guide To Celestial Objects, is a field guide to the
night sky. It includes hundreds of maps and photographs, with sections on
the Sun, Moon and planets, stars, nebulas and galaxies, as well as monthly
star charts and sky tours of both northern and southern hemispheres.
"Ten years from now, I expect many professional and amateur astronomers
to trace their passion for the field back to this book."
New Scientist, London