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Astronomy: The Complete Manual by Jon White (Editor in Chief )

By Jon White (Editor in Chief )

You don’t want letters after your surname, an encyclopaedic wisdom of the skies or perhaps a telescope to get into stargazing. That’s the great thing about astronomy: armed with not anything greater than your eyes and a uncomplicated snatch of the place to appear within the evening sky, you could embark on probably the most lucrative spare time activities on the planet. Planets, stars, constellations, nebulas, meteor showers and lots of different celestial items may be noticed utilizing simply the bare eye. And for people with telescopes, the universe – with its myriad shades and awe-inspiring attractions – is your own gallery of a thousand billion cosmic wonders. Our easy-to-follow courses will provide you with all of the naked necessities, taking you on a trip from stargazing hobbyist to changing into a completely outfitted astronomy fanatic. With sensible tips, seasonal sky charts and tips about tips to spot many of the sky’s such a lot obtainable points of interest, this new version might be your better half as you get to the bottom of the great thing about the evening sky.

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Andromeda Galaxy The Andromeda Galaxy is the furthest object which can be seen with the naked eye. 5 million light years away from us. It is so faint, it takes long-exposure photographs to show it up well. It can be tricky to find, so the chart should help you pin it down. NORTHERN HEMISPHERE 56 The Great Orion Nebula (M42) This is one of the most viewed and most sought-after objects in the night sky, full of colour and detail and part of a much larger region of nebulosity that surrounds almost the entire constellation.

SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE Running Chicken Nebula An interesting feature of this nebula is the inclusion of a type of object called Bok globules. These are dark patches which are known to be starforming regions. Unusually, there has been no such star formation detected within this nebula.

The Sombrero Galaxy (M104) There are lots of features that make this an interesting galaxy, including its bright nucleus and large central bulge and more specifically the dark dust lane running around the edge of this beautiful object. The Beehive Cluster (M44) This lovely cluster was recorded by ancient Chinese astronomers. It is full of red giant and white dwarf stars and is around 550 light years away. It also goes by the name of Praesepe, the Latin word for ‘manger’. It is also known by its catalogue number of Messier 44.

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