Stargazing For Dummies
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Reach for the stars
Stargazing is the practice of observing the night sky and its contents - from constellations through to planets and galaxies. Stars and other night sky objects can be seen with the naked eye, or seen in greater numbers and in more detail with binoculars or a telescope.
Stargazing For Dummies offers you the chance to explore the night sky, providing a detailed guide to the main constellations and also offering advice on viewing other night sky objects such as planets and nebulae. It's a great introduction to a fun new hobby, and even provides a fun way to get the kids outside while doing something educational!
- Gives you an introduction to looking at the sky with binoculars or a telescope
- Offers advice on photographing the night sky
- Without needing to get your head around mind-bending theories, you can take part in some practical physics
If you're looking for easy-to-follow guidance on getting to know the night sky, Stargazing For Dummies has you covered.
Roman numeral telling you what type of star it is: I Supergiants (the largest stars known) II Bright giants III Normal giants IV Sub-giants V Main sequence (medium stars like our Sun) VI Subdwarfs (the smallest stars known) These types of stars denote stars at different stages of their life cycle. In Part III, the brighter stars in each constellation are listed with their spectral type. The Sun, for example, is a G2V star – that is, a relatively hot (2) yellow (G) main sequence dwarf (V).
To the right of Rigel in Orion. Eridanus contains no distinct faint fuzzies. Eridanus info Abbreviation: Eri Genitive: Eridani Best months for observing in during the evening: November through January Bright Stars List Figure 11-13: Eridanus. Fornax Fornax the Furnace (see Figure 11-14) is another faint, unimpressive southern hemisphere constellation nestled in a bend of the constellation Eridanus, the celestial river. Fornax lies about half way between Achernar in Eridanus and Rigel in.
13-6: Aquila. Altair, the brightest star in Aquila, is one of three stars, along with Deneb in Cygnus and Vega in Lyra, that form the asterism known as the Summer Triangle. (Refer to Figure 13-3 for a map.) Here are a few things to look for in Aquila. The numbers in the list correspond to the numbers in Figure 13-6: 1. NGC 6709 is a faint open cluster lying between Aquila and Hercules. If you look through a small telescope, you should be able to make out individual stars in the cluster. 2.
Spilled into the sea after Perseus cut off Medusa’s head. The constellation of Pegasus is made up of a prominent square of stars, one of which is technically in the constellation of Andromeda (see preceding section). Pegasus info Abbreviation: Peg Genitive: Pegasi Best month for observing in during the evening: October and November Bright Stars List Figure 14-4: Pegasus. Pegasus lies at one end of the constellation Andromeda, between that constellation and faint Aquarius. The asterism.
For the similarly shaped – and much larger – Cygnus in the northern skies. Grus info Abbreviation: Gru Genitive: Gruis Best months for observing in during the evening: October and November Bright Stars List Figure 14-10: Grus. You can find Grus south of Piscis Austrinus and the bright star Fomalhaut. Grus doesn’t have any bright faint fuzzies to look for. Lacerta Lacerta the Lizard (see Figure 14-11) is a rather small, undistinguished constellation between Andromeda and Cygnus in the.