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Stars and Planets:
The Most Complete Guide to the Stars, Planets, Galaxies, and Solar System
Updated and Expanded Edition
Ian Ridpath & Wil Tirion

Paperback | 2017 | $22.95 | £18.95 | ISBN: 9780691177885
400 pp. | 5 x 7 1/2 | 300 color illus.
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The indispensable guide to the night sky—now in a newly updated and expanded edition

In this newly updated and expanded edition of their classic work, Ian Ridpath and Wil Tirion illuminate the night sky as never before, providing novice stargazers and professional astronomers alike with the most informative, user-friendly, comprehensive, and authoritative celestial field guide available. The product of a thirty-year collaboration between one of the world’s leading astronomy writers and the world’s foremost celestial mapmaker, Stars and Planets features superb color sky charts, diagrams, or photographs on almost every page; clear and engaging writing; a spacious and attractive design; and a compact size. This updated edition features the latest information on stars, a revised section on planets that incorporates recent research on exoplanets, and some revised charts and new photographs. Simply put, Stars and Planets is indispensable. Don’t leave home—at night—without it.

  • Detailed charts covering all 88 constellations in the Northern and Southern hemispheres
  • Data and notes on all bright stars and other objects of interest
  • Detailed Moon maps and descriptions of the main lunar features
  • Tips on choosing and using binoculars and telescopes, to suit any budget
  • The only guide to provide annual planetary data as a downloadable online resource
  • Updates include the latest data on stars and exoplanets and some revised charts and new photos

Ian Ridpath is the author or editor of many books, including the Oxford Dictionary of Astronomy and Norton’s Star Atlas. Wil Tirion is the world’s leading celestial mapmaker and the illustrator of many books, including The Cambridge Star Atlas.


"The handy size, copious illustrations, maps and charts, as well as the latest in astrophotography throughout . . . practically beg[s] astronomers to take [Stars and Planets] along to star parties."--Astronomy

"This marvelously dense field guide tells you everything you need to know to find your way around the sky, whether you are an eager novice who is just looking around or a serious observer using binoculars or a telescope."--Discover

"[A] rich resource for advanced amateurs, but novices will also like the star charts (both Northern and Southern hemispheres) and abundant explanatory text detailing each of the 88 constellations and the stars within them, as well as the sun, moon, planets, and Milky Way."--Library Journal

"Though I'm not in a position to assess the title's proclamation of being the most complete guide, I will say that it is the best one that I've read. With Ian Ridpath's text and Wil Tirion's illustrations, the Princeton Field Guides Stars & Planets is a wonderful guide to the stars, planets, galaxies, and our own solar system. It will help in getting that elusive target into the finder and onto the eagerly awaiting eye."--Mark Mortimer, Universe Today

Praise for previous editions: "For those who gaze at the night sky, seeking the familiar patterns known to sailors and shepherds, this field guide will be an invaluable companion."--Bruce E. Fleury, Science Books & Films

Praise for previous editions: "This marvelously dense field guide tells you everything you need to know to find your way around the sky, whether you are an eager novice who is just looking around or a serious observer using binoculars or a telescope."--Discover

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Table of Contents:

Section I
Introduction 6
The star charts 21
Northern and southern hemisphere skies 22
Monthly skies throughout the year 26
The 88 constellations: Andromeda to Vulpecula 74
Section II
Stars and nebulae 267
Double and multiple stars 282
Variable stars 284
Milky Way, galaxies and the Universe 289
The Sun 298
The Solar System 304
The Moon 308
Moon maps 319
Eclipses of the Sun and Moon 340
Mercury 344
Venus 348
Mars 353
Jupiter 362
Saturn 368
Uranus, Neptune and beyond 373
Comets and meteors 377
Asteroids and meteorites 381
Astronomical instruments and observing 383
Index 39


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