When I was a young girl I would stare at the stars constantly. Growing up in the country in small towns made the whole universe seem as if it were swallowing you up at night. I would sit up with my knees tucked in on rickety porches and wonder what the names of the stars were and their stories. I spent most of my young life stargazing, flipping through books and trying to understand where everything was in the universe. Unfortunately, they didn’t have books like Stargazing for Dummies in the 80s and it was a difficult knowledge to grasp.
It’s books like Stargazing For Dummies by Steve Owens that make me proud to be an Ambassador of For Dummies books. It gives the opportunity to the young and old to be capable of understanding the stars and the universe without having to master a degree in Astronomy. In a way it makes you feel less small being able to understand the close relation of the stars in the universe towards ourselves.
There are a lot of neat things about Stargazing For Dummies! Here are the Parts of the book, each one is broken into several chapters.
- What’s Up? Getting Familiar with the Night Sky – Covers your first stargazing tips, phases of the moon, purchasing telescopes and binoculars and understanding astrophotography (photographing the stars).
- Joining the Dots: Learning Your Way Around the Night Sky – These chapters cover the fixed stars, the wanderers, constellations, locating satellites and mapping the sky.
- Star Hopping – Understanding the Northern Polar constellations, the stars of each month and the Southern Polar constellations.
- The Part of Tens – 10 Targets for new stargazers and 10 things to look for in a Dark Sky.
I think the one greatest thing that Stargazing For Dummies has taught me is where to start in the night sky. There are so many stars that sometimes it is really overwhelming! Being capable of narrowing a place down, understanding that very first constellation or star and from there navigating your way around slowly until you understand it is amazing. It had been so long since I tried that I was so excited when I grasped my first one without the telescope! It was a very big ah ha! moment.
A wonderful book for new young stargazers to easily begin and for those of us that still love looking out at the sky and finding ourselves in relation to the whole galaxy. You can find more information about Stargazing For Dummies by Steve Owens in the shop and pick it up for $14.99.
I received a copy of the book for reviewing purposes. The opinions are my own and are not influenced by any form of compensation.